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Crayon Halloween Costume

Our daughter has a long history of strong opinions about her Halloween costumes.  When she was a baby, she was a farmer.  Easy enough.  The next year I made a Trick-or-Treat bag costume for her that I absolutely loved and she tolerated.  She has always loved to dance, so the year after that we planned for her to be a ballerina thinking that she could play with the costume after Halloween.  We got ballerina dolls as gifts for her that year and everything.  And then on the way out the door to Trunk-or-Treat she totally vetoed the ballerina costume and opted to wear a too small IU cheerleader outfit she had in the back of her closet instead.  We learned our lesson.  From then on, we let her pick the costumes.  It’s made Halloween much easier and more fun.  She loves ancient Egypt, so last year she dressed as Nefertiti and carried a mummy pumpkin.  And, oh my goodness, have we gotten our money’s worth out of that costume – it’s been worn countless times since Halloween 2016.  This year she has chosen to be a puppy, and seems very enthusiastic about the idea, so fingers crossed that this year will go well again.

Her most creative Halloween costume request to date though was the year she declared, “I want to be a white crayon that draws on black paper.”  At first I panicked – how in the world was I going to make that costume??  But after a few searches on Amazon, it turned out to be the easiest costume ever.  We found her this white crayon shirt on Amazon.

White Crayon Shirt

We added white jeans (that was the hardest part of the costume actually – trying to find white pants in the stores leftover from summer in October – thank you Target!!) and a white winter hat with a pompom on top.  Voila!  A white crayon.  For the drawing on black paper part, we got my husband a black t-shirt and we all painted white designs on it to make it look like a white crayon had been coloring on it.

Black Paper Shirt

And then for the the icing on the cake, a couple days before Halloween I remembered that I had a very old crayon sweater tucked away in a drawer.

Crayon Sweater

I got it in the 90s when they were making all these sweaters with name brands on it.  I loved it at the time, and then thought that as a future teacher I should save it forever because I might have a need for a crayon sweater someday.  I just never thought it would be to coordinate with my daughter’s Halloween costume!

So it turned out that our daughter’s funny idea for a Halloween costume ended up being a fun and easy idea for a whole set of family costumes!

Trick or Treat Merchandise!

Back in the day when I had more free time, I used to paint sweatshirts.  I made shirts for every holiday – shocking, I know!  My favorite one by far was the shirt I made for Halloween.  It said “Trick or Treat” in candy and other Halloween themed letters.  My mom loved it, so I made one for her too.  I can’t remember exactly how long ago I made these shirts, but it was when I was in either high school or college.  I just celebrated my 40th birthday, so suffice it to say regardless of the exact timing, it was a very loooooooong time ago.

Original Trick or Treat Sweatshirt

So for the last 500 years, I’ve carefully pulled this very old sweatshirt out of the closet once a year to wear it on Halloween.  It’s on its last legs after all these years of use.  The paint has started to crack, the sweatshirt is stretched out and looking a bit worse for the wear.  Each year on November 1st when I carefully hang it back up in my closet I wonder if it will last until the next Halloween or not… my mom’s shirt bit the dust several years ago.  I kept thinking that I should just make a new one.  The only problem with that plan is that I just don’t enjoy redoing designs I’ve already made.  For some reason it’s tedious and just not fun for me.

Luckily, my husband had a brilliant idea to save the day – and my beloved “Trick or Treat” sweatshirt.  He told me about a website called Zazzle.com.  You can create your own designs, add them to the site, and have them printed on shirts and a plethora of other items.  So I decided to draw a new version of my “Trick or Treat” design and color it with colored pencils.  Since I was drawing it rather than painting the same exact thing again, it wasn’t an annoying project for me.  (In fact, I enjoyed it so much I decided to make little signs like it for each holiday and season… stay tuned for more!)

Trick or Treat Colored Pencil Drawing

My husband scanned my drawing and with the magic of technology and his brilliant computer skills, he turned it into an image to post on Zazzle.  I put my “Trick or Treat” image on a shirt and ordered one for me, our daughter, and my mom (to replace her old one, of course).  I was so excited and nervous to see how they would turn out, but I was thrilled when they arrived.  They totally preserved the hand drawn look of my original drawing without the tediousness of creating each item individually.  I love them as much as my original shirt from so long ago.  I was so excited that I started exploring the Zazzle site some more and found that I could put my design on lots of different items… pillows, mugs, stickers, greeting cards, treat bags, totes… and on and on.  Our house is going to be full of “Trick or Treat” items this Halloween!

Zazzle Trick or Treat Stuff

 I always got lots of compliments whenever I wore my original “Trick or Treat” sweatshirt – people often said they wished they could get one for themselves.  So at the risk of sounding like Yogurt from the movie Spaceballs (“Merchandising!”), I thought, “Why not?” and posted my “Trick or Treat” items for sale on Zazzle.  Please check out my new little Zazzle shop at https://www.zazzle.com/most_wonderful_time if you think you might want some of my “Trick or Treat” items to brighten your Halloween this year!

A Very Mummy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  I meant to post this much earlier, but I’ve been a bit short on time.  It turns out that Halloween time with a 4 year old is as busy and hectic as the hustle and bustle of holiday celebrations in December, so I’m only just now getting time to share these mummy ideas.  However, they are so quick and simple that you might possibly have time to use them in the remaining minutes before trick-or-treating starts.  Or file them away for another year.  Either way, I hope you enjoy.

Our daughter loves to look at old National Geographic books with her historian grandfather, and she has become quite interested in ancient Egypt.  She decided to be an Ancient Egyptian (or as she says “Regyptian”), specifically Nefertiti, for Halloween.  So I decided that the perfect theme for our Halloween crafts, favors, cards, etc. this year would be mummies to go along with her costume.  Luckily it’s easy to turn anything into a mummy.  You need gauze (I sincerely apologize to anyone shopping at Target who had an actual injury after I bought up all of the gauze on the shelves) and googley eyes.  Wrap or glue the gauze around anything and stick the googly eyes on top.  And that’s it.  Instant mummy.  Check out all of our mummy creations:

Mummy Treat

Mummy Treat

Mummy Treat Pumpkin

Mummy Treat Pumpkin

Mummy Pumpkin

Mummy Pumpkin

Mummy Craft

Mummy Craft

Mummy Card

Mummy Card

Short and sweet, but I’m in a rush… almost time to start making the mummy hot dogs for an early supper before trick-or-treating!  Fun times!

October Card of the Month: Halloween Cards

With just under a week left until Halloween you have just enough time to make these simple Halloween cards to send to your friends.  I came up with these cards because I wanted something our 3 year old could help make.  We had a great time making them together.

Start with an 8.5″ X 5.5″ piece of orange card stock folded in half.  Cut a 5″ X 3.5″ rectangle from a cute fall print paper and attach it to the card.  Put a 4″ X 3″ orange rectangle on top of that.  Then comes the fun part – use a variety of punches to punch out various shapes that could be used as jack-o-lantern faces.  I made my face pieces brown to go with the fall print paper I used, but black would work too.  Then make all kinds of faces with your shapes.  The cool thing is that each card will be a little different.  I had envisioned faces like this when I planned these cards:

Halloween Cards

Halloween Cards

But when our daughter got to work she used the pieces for legs, eyebrows, foreheads, and things I never even imagined.  Clearly, her cards are by far the best ones:

Kid Made Halloween Cards

Kid Made Halloween Cards

I added a green swirl for a stem.  (I had a swirl punch but it was so hard to punch the paper that I pitched it the second I was done punching these stems.  So now I’m in the market for a new swirl punch…  You could also just curl paper around a pencil – probably much easier!)  I finished off the inside of the card with “Happy Halloween” stamped on a pumpkin layered on more of the fall print paper.

Halloween Card - Inside

Halloween Card – Inside

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Marquees

This week I want to take a moment to tell you about my new favorite decorating obsession – marquees.  They are really trendy right now and probably just a fad, but I love them – especially because our family room has movie themed decorations.  (This is a throwback to the olden days when I actually had time to see movies and could make intelligent, informed, and often accurate predictions about who would win the Oscars.  In contrast to my present reality in which the Lego Movie was the last movie I saw in the theater – and it was fantastic by the way!  I hope to see another movie someday… until that time I will happily settle for making movie related crafts and decorations.)  Obviously, the current marquee craze is perfectly timed for my decorating needs.  Thank you to whomever decided marquees were cool in the first place!  Better yet, I found a great line of “DIY” marquee letters and shapes at Michael’s.  They are called “Marquee Love” by Heidi Swapp.  I have also seen them on Amazon and Jo-Ann’s.  You can decorate them yourself.  I made a B and a star for our movie family room.

Marquees

Marquees

So I was super excited to find a ghost marquee at Michaels a few weeks before October.

Ghost Marquee

Ghost Marquee

I was then even more thrilled when I saw a pumpkin shape on Amazon.

Pumpkin Marquee

Pumpkin Marquee

Better yet – the ghost was already white, and the pumpkin was already sparkly orange, so I didn’t even need to do anything to decorate them (although you could if you wanted).

I love getting to keep the marquee look in our movie family room while still being able to update things for Halloween.  Stay tuned for more marquees coming up for future holidays…

Mum Pumpkins

It’s mum season!

I found this idea for mums in pumpkins a couple years ago on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it at our new house.

We got 4 plastic trick-or-treat pumpkins at Target.  Then we went and got 4 mum plants at Lowes.  When we got home, we found that the flower pots were bigger than the openings in the pumpkins, so my husband used a utility knife to cut the pumpkins and widen the holes.  He said they were really easy to cut.  He also drilled drainage holes in the bottoms of the pumpkins.  Then we just put the mums (still in their pots) in the pumpkins and set them out on the porch.  We wanted them to look nice for fall, not just Halloween, so we turned the jack-o-lantern faces toward the house (and now they are there smiling at us every time we open the front door!).  They would look just as cute with the faces showing in the front though.

I’m loving these mum pumpkins this year.  I’m hoping we will be able to save the plastic pumpkins and use them again next year.  However, if they get too faded or dirty to reuse it’s no great loss.  They only cost about $4 total and took only about 15 minutes to cut and drill, so if we have to redo them next year, that’s just fine!

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!