Monthly Archives: October 2014

Trick-or-Treat Bag Costume

I loved our daughter’s Halloween costume last year.  She dressed up as a trick-or-treat bag.  It was everything I wanted her costume to be – funny, cute, creative, easy for her to wear, fun for me to make… This year, however, as a 2 year old, she has her own opinions about what she wants to be for Halloween – a ballerina.  So this year we just bought an ordinary costume with a tutu from a store (much to my dismay as I had big plans to make her some sort of cute and clever thing to wear.  And now it still remains to be seen if she will actually wear said tutu when the time comes…)  But, ahhh, last year, the year of the trick-or-treat bag costume – those were the days!

The trick-or-treat bag costume was so easy to make.  I just got an assortment of felt, felt stick on letters, and candy corn ribbon from Michaels.  I cut zig zags in the top of a brown felt rectangle and labeled it “Trick-or-Treat” to make the front of the bag.  I made little candy decorations out of felt and attached them to the top of the bag.  Finally I attached the candy ribbons to the bag so it would tie on like an apron.  It looked so cute on our daughter with an orange top and black pants.  The best part – our daughter actually wore it!  At least for a little while… Happy Halloween!

October Card of the Month: Halloween Card

I’ve been postponing October’s Card of the Month for several weeks now because this has been such a hectic fall, I haven’t had any spare time to make any Halloween cards.  This week though, I found myself with an extra half hour one evening, so I decided to take advantage of all that time to make the quickest card I could come up with.  I knew it would have to be very simple, but I still wanted something cute.

I grabbed some orange card stock, cut it, and folded it for the background of the card.  Then I got out my pumpkin punch and my new fall papers from Stampin’ Up.  I punched pumpkins out of 3 different fall prints.  Then I stamped “BOO!” on white with brown ink and punched that out in the pumpkin shape as well.  I used pop-up dots to attach all 4 pumpkins in a row at the bottom of the folded card.  This was the result:

Halloween Card

Halloween Card

Even though it was rushed, I actually really like how it turned out!  Simple but cute.  And I’m happy because I still get to send out a few Halloween cards despite being starved for time!  So if you have literally a few extra minutes, go ahead and make some Halloween cards for your friends.

Halloween Candy Brooms

Even if you don’t go trick-or-treating anymore, everyone still needs a little treat at Halloween.  ‘Tis the season for treats, after all!  This little Halloween broom is a simple and cute treat holder you can make for trick-or-treaters (or non-trick-or-treaters) of all ages.

First, get your favorite candy – mine would be something chocolate!  Put it into a little clear plastic treat bag.  Put a wooden stick like you might use to make caramel apples down the center of the bag.  Wrap clear scotch tape VERY TIGHTLY around the top of the bag until the stick is secure and doesn’t slip as it sticks out the top of the bag.  Then take a brown paper lunch sack and cut it into about 3 inch thick strips.  Cut the bag strips into fringe.  Put double stick tape on the top edge of a fringe strip and wrap the fringed piece around the treat bag and stick – making sure that the double stick tape adheres well to the plastic bag.  Finish it off with some ribbon and a cute Halloween stamped image on a tag.

Candy Broom

Candy Broom

Pass your broom treat bags out to your friends and wish them happy trick-or-treating, even if that’s all the trick-or-treating they will be doing this Halloween!

Jack-O-Lantern Mason Jar

My new favorite decorating accessory is mason jars.  It seems like they are “in” right now, they are inexpensive, and there is so much you can do with them – fill them with candies or vase fillers, use them as vases for flowers, or just keep them plain and place them around the kitchen.  We even used them filled with spring flowers at our wedding reception as centerpieces.

Wedding Flowers in Mason Jar

Wedding Flowers in Mason Jar

They work for everything!

I saw several versions of this jack-o-lantern mason jar on Pinterest and fell in love with it.

Jack-O-Lantern Mason Jar

Jack-O-Lantern Mason Jar

Luckily it was super quick and easy to make.  All I did was cut jack-o-lantern face shapes from black stick-on vinyl like you would use in a Cricut machine.  I stuck them to the jar, making sure to really press them down around the bumps and letters on the jar.  I filled the jar with candy corn, and my jack-o-lantern mason jar was complete.  It took 5 minutes tops.  Now I’m tempted to make a whole army of mason jar jack-o-lanterns to fill up our kitchen for Halloween!