Thursday, August 30, 2012

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial

This week I made a garland for the staircase using family photos of past Halloween holidays.  It’s such a fun way to showcase memories of past Halloween costumes, parties, etc.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

I started with a tinsel garland I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  It was $7.99 and I used my 40% off coupon.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

I tied the tinsel to the banister using orange ribbon that I had in my craft stash.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

The pictures are attached with these clothespins also from Hobby Lobby.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

You could also hole punch the photos and tie with orange ribbon.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

My kids love looking at themselves when they were itty bitty.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

And I’ll admit I love it, too!

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

One of my all time favorite photos of dear daughter #1, going through a hay bale maze.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

Dorothy was our very first Halloween costume.

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

I’m not sure where they learned to pose like this. <grin>

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

After Halloween, I will keep the tinsel, but swap out the photos for my old Christmas photos like I did in last years’ garland:

Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

Who knows, maybe I’ll even keep the tinsel and do a Valentines version.  <smile>

Do you have a favorite way to display family photos? I’d love to hear about it!

Halloween Photo Garland Tutorial by Mud Pie Studio

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ten Back To School Gifts for Teachers

Last week I posted this quick and easy teacher gift:

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

And this week I was inspired by a few more gift ideas, so I thought I’d share them with you.

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1. Bright and colorful monogrammed binders

Personalized Binders

2. Homemade cookies in a spaghetti canister.

3.  Notepad, Clipboard and Pencils.

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4. Alphabet Flowers

5. Apple and Caramel Treat.

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6.  Personalized Hand Soap.

Personalized Hand Sanitizer - 8oz. - Teacher Gift  - Birthday Gift -
 Adults - Teens - Gifts - Stocking Stuffer

7.  Lotion with personalized bottle label.

8. Water Bottle with Tea or Lemonade.

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9.  Teacher Book Bag.

10. School Supplies including ruler and books.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fun Back To School Teacher Gift for $1 and free printable

Ahhh….Back To School time!  It gives me a great excuse to give a little somethin’ to my kids’ teachers!  I came up with this fun idea while shopping for school supplies…

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

Cute, right?  And this little idea only costs $1, so why not? The teachers can use it for themselves or share with their students.

I found these little containers of 40 pencil erasers at Dollar Tree for $1 each.

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

Then I created a tag for them on my computer:

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

And I used packing tape to adhere the tag to the container:

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

Seriously, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

If you like my idea, here’s my tag. Help yourself! It’s my first “freebie” printable!

Fun Teacher Gift for $1 by Mud Pie Studio

Happy Back to School Time!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ten Extraordinary Halloween Wreaths

This week I’m finding some extraordinary ideas for Halloween wreaths, and thought I’d share some of that inspiration with you.

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Halloween Burlap Rag Wreath

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Do you have a favorite?!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Easy Party Favors With Disney’s Brave Theme

Today I’m sharing easy and inexpensive party favors I created for a Disney Brave birthday party.

Disney Brave Party Favors 

I’ll start with the cupcake toppers…I used lollipop sticks (Hobby Lobby) and Brave stickers (Party City).  I placed two stickers back-to-back on the lollipop sticks and tied on some blue tulle bows.  So easy!

Disney Brave Party Favors

The blue tulle represents the blue wisps in the movie.

Disney Brave Party Favors

For the water bottles, I created labels on my computer with movie images that read, “Thanks for coming”.

Disney Brave Party Favors

I used clear packing tape to attach images to the bottles.

Disney Brave Party Favors

Next, I created “arrows” using red felt and pencils.  I cut out the red felt and hot glued it onto the pencils.  Then I printed text that reads, “Be brave”  and glued that onto the pencils.

Disney Brave Party Favors

The pencils were placed in a pocket I made with two tags glued together.

Disney Brave Party Favors

I printed a bulls-eye for each envelope and inked everything with a brown ink stamp and topped it off with baker’s twine.

Disney Brave Party Favors

Next, we packaged up chocolate Teddy Grahams with double-sided labels I made featuring the brothers/bears in the movie.  Here’s one side:

Disney Brave Party Favors

And here’s the other side.  It reads, “Follow the blue wisps and find your fortune.”

Disney Brave Party Favors

Disney Brave Party Favors

All the goodies were wrapped up in a drawstring burlap sack that I painted with red and white bulls-eye patterns.  You can purchase the bags here.

Disney Brave Party Favors 

To create these, just cut out a circle or use a bowl to trace an outline. I painted the entire circle white first, then went back and painted the red parts.

Disney Brave Party Favors 

We had a great party and the kids loved their goody bags!

Disney Brave Party Favors

Have you hosted a Brave party?
I’d love to hear about it!