Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ten Frightfully Fun & Frugal Halloween Projects

This week I’m taking a look back at some Halloween projects I’ve done in the past. Hope it inspires you to create a little spooky somethin’ today!

1. First up… I altered these soap bottles into a fun Halloween gift for some elementary school teachers. See how I made these here.

Halloween Handsoap for Teachers by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

2. How cute are these little apothecary bottles dressed up for a Halloween display?  See my tutorial here!

Halloween Apothecary Bottles by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

3.  This Pumpkin Bowling game I created using two-liter bottles worked great for a fall festival.  Here is the original post with tutorial link.

Pumpkin Bowling by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

4. These Halloween wands are so easy to make with a dowel and paper mache ornament. You can read more about them here.

Halloween Wands by 
mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

5. Another gift for a fun teacher whose favorite color is pink and loves all things sparkly and glittered.

Pink Bling Pumpkin by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

6.  Here’s my version of some Witches Whittled Wands as seen here.  So easy and inexpensive too!

Witches Whittled Wands by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

7.  This Googly Eye frame is a super easy project! Can be done as a class project, or just for fun at home. Check my original post to see how to make it.

Googly Eye Halloween Frame by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

8.  My magnetic Halloween calendar was featured in the 2011 Somerset Holidays & Celebrations magazine.  You can find my tutorial here.Halloween Magnetic Calendar by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

Halloween Magnetic Calendar by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

9.  Here’s an extra punch of color in the form of yard art.  See how I transformed these three boards into Halloween art here.

Halloween Yard Art by mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

10.  This is just one of several signs I made for Halloween.  Check all of them out here and let me know which one is your favorite!

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Hope you found some good ideas that inspire you to create something fun. Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Creative Halloween Cupcakes That Will Have Your Kids Thinking You’re Super Mom

I don’t know about you, but in our house, October is a pretty busy month. There’s my triplet nephews’ birthday party, fall festivals galore, pumpkin patches, and all the regular stuff like field trips, after school activities, soccer games, PTA stuff, and oh yea Halloween!

I wish I had the time or energy to make little  masterpieces like this

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes

or this

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes

But let’s face it , it’s not going to happen.

So here’s a collection of EASY cupcakes that anyone can do quickly and inexpensively.

1. I think these cool ninja cupcakes from Spirit of Halloween are going to appear at my nephews birthday party.   Just use some black sprinkles and M&Ms. 

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


2. Here’s some pretty M&M polka dot ones from
Midwest Living.

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


3.
Pumpkin Cupcakes look easy enough with a pretzel stick for a stem. Tip: If I was doing this, I’d drag a toothpick or knife  in the icing to make the lines in the pumpkin (like the two in the back).

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


4. A cupcake liner and cupcake picks turn
this simple cupcake into a festive one.  These cupcake accessories are all over nowadays – check Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


5.  For these “Googly Eye Monster”
cupcakes, just sprinkle colored sugar on a cupcake then place a marshmallow on top and use an edible pen to draw on eyes.   Or better yet - place chocolate chips or M&Ms in the marshmallow for colorful eyes and skip the pen.

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


6. 
Owl Cupcakes with Oreo cookie eyes and M&Ms for the nose and pupils.  My kids and I have made these before and they are super fun to make!  And eat!

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


7.   You know those spider rings you can get on just about any Halloween aisle at any store right now?  Why not use one as a cupcake topper similar to
this?

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


8. I couldn’t find this actually ON a cupcake, so you just have to imagine it on one.  Make a “
Witches Broom” (miniature Peanut Butter cup with a pretzel stick) and place it on a cupcake and you’re good to go!  My tip: use a white or orange  colored frosting so the broom will stand out.

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


9.  This
Witch Hat cupcake uses a chocolate kiss, a chocolate cookie and red icing. I give you permission to skip the bow if you’re not into coloring or piping icing. Or maybe use a thin red licorice piece. My tip: use a smidgen of icing to hold the kiss and cookie together.

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


10.  Here’s a
triple layered option that includes a cupcake, a peanut butter cup, and a candy corn.  Three levels of yumminess! Don’t forget to use colorful cupcake liners for more color!

Easy and Creative Halloween Cupcakes


There you have it.  Easy cupcakes for mom; fun and festive Halloween cupcakes for kids.  Sounds like a win-win to me.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In Memory Of

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9.11.01. 
God Bless America.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Space Theme Bulletin Board

Our school’s PTA theme is “space,” so there are lots of “shooting stars” and “blast offs” and “out of this world” decorations around the school.  

Well,  I decided to do a bulletin board for a teacher that was a little bit different.

I created hand-painted characters from various children’s books playing around in space.

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

From left to right…here are close-up photos.

There’s Pinkalicious hanging from a star with Dr. Seuss nearby riding a rocket.

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

And there’s Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar peeking behind the sun rays at all the shenanigans. And here you can see the title of the board which reads “Kindergarten is: 3rd Rock From The Fun!”

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

Here’s Curious George swinging from Saturn’s ring…

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

And don’t forget:  If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, he’s going to want to take off with it in a spaceship:

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!  

And here’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid making friends with a happy alien:

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

The board is about 12 feet wide and 3 feet high.  I trimmed everything with a silver/gold tinsel garland, and also placed some foil stars here and there.

The teachers say they like it, and guess what?  It was entered in a bulletin board contest! 

And I would appreciate it if you could you help me out and place a vote!  The winner gets $100 to spend at an online school supply shop, which our PTA could really use!  Voting ends September 30, 2012.

Here’s how you vote:

Click this link and when you do, you’ll see this page:

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

See the hot pink arrows?  They point to where you can click “pin” or “like” to vote for my board.   

That’s it!  Just Pin it (as many times as you wish) or Like it and then I’ll get a vote! 

Thank you so much!

Space and Reading Themed Bulletin Board with characters from children's books!

And thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Apples are So Last Year - Breakfast for the Teachers

You know when you have a good idea and it just kind of takes off?  My sister and I did that this week.  We’re responsible for Teacher Appreciation stuff for PTA at our kids’ elementary school, and we  came up with a fun Back to School breakfast idea for the entire staff.

Here’s the set up:

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

We gave the teachers water bottles (with labels I created to go with our theme) and bananas (“apples are sooooo last year”).   Not just any bananas.  These were special.  Special because we wrote a different funny message on each banana.  Sayings like:

“I’m healthy and I know it.” 

“How many days ‘til Christmas vacation?” 

“We love you like a monkey loves a new banana!”

“Let’s make like a banana and split this joint”

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

and

“Bananas are the new apples”

Oh my word…there was laughter! My sis and I giggled the whole time we were writing messages on the bananas (we prepared them the day before our breakfast presentation).  And we were relieved when it was a hit with the faculty! A very inexpensive idea that treated the entire staff! Score!

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

PTA loves their teachers!

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

Funny Banana Breakfast for Teachers

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ten Favorite Fall Centerpieces

This week I’m featuring TEN of my favorite fall centerpieces! Enjoy!

Please click the picture for sources.

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

 Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Ten Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Thanks for visiting today!