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Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 | 0 comments

Last-Minute Halloween Decorations

Last-Minute Halloween Decorations

It’s not too late to get your house decked out for Halloween. Here are a few really easy projects to get you and your family in a festive and freaky mood. Mason Jar Luminaries Take an ordinary glass jar (from pasta sauce, pickles, jam, etc.) and cover with a thin coat of acrylic paint. Don’t paint too thick or the luminaries won’t glow very well. Use a permanent marker, construction paper, or black paint to create a scary face. Optional: Cover with a coat of Mod Podge for a smooth shine. Wait until dark, drop in a tea light, and let them glow! White Chocolate Eyeballs Make white chocolate truffles using your favorite recipe.  Roll into balls, use red cake decorating icing to draw veins, and top with an M&M for the iris.      Pumpkin Mummies Draw a face on the pumpkin using a pencil and permanent marker. Wrap the pumpkin with gauze or cheese cloth and glue down (best to use a glue gun). An added benefit —...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 | 1 comment

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is a DIYer’s holiday, a time to get creative and tackle projects you might otherwise avoid. Here are two simple costumes (for boys or girls) that anyone could complete. Are you working on a homemade costume or do you have a great source for DIY costume ideas?  Tell us in the comment section. Skeleton Costume About a week ago, I was getting nervous because my 5-year-old couldn’t decide what he wanted to be for Halloween. Finally, after looking at this t-shirt, he decided to be a skeleton. That sounded easy enough. I searched for “DIY skeleton” on Google and found a really simple template from Family Fun that you can trace onto contact paper and stick on black clothing. We purchased a t-shirt and pants at Target and then attached the bones. And as an added bonus, we found skeleton gloves at Target for only $1. A quick and easy costume and Jack can wear the clothes even after Halloween. Shared by Katie Baby Fox Costume My three-year-old announced that...

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 | 3 comments

Halloween Party DIY Style

Halloween Party DIY Style

On Saturday we hosted our son’s second annual Halloween Party.  Very important to note: no girls were allowed, unless his long time best friend, Nadja could come.  This year, my husband and I remembered only the good times had by all last year, and decided to up the ante a bit and go all out with the decorations. Since I’m now soley focused on what I can DIY instead of buy, I decided to take on the project of decorating the inside of our house with DIY projects.  There are a TON of ideas that I sifted through to come up with our theme.  Spiders, bats and rats, oh my!!!!!  Can you tell we were decorating for a three year old? Below are some snapshots of our DIY projects.  All pretty easy to make, though some took longer than others. This is a snapshot of the house walking into the front door I think these pumpkins and monsters were the hit of the party. So easy to make: Mason jars,...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 1 comment

Playroom Remodel: Practically Perfect in Every Way

Playroom Remodel: Practically Perfect in Every Way

Sarah and Scott came up with the perfect solution to an underused, awkward space in the house they bought two years ago. An addition to the original Del Ray farmhouse, the space seemed to be designed as an eat-in dining area off the kitchen, but the counter stuck out in a strange way that made it hard to use, even with barstools. What’s more, they usually eat in the dining room and the addition with its “cold, ugly tile” felt unwelcoming. Here are a few photos of the space before they came up with their perfect solution. “We couldn’t figure out how to fit furniture in the space,” says Sarah, “but while I was pregnant last year we decided to make it into a play area.” Sarah and Scott created a bright and engaging playroom for their now one-year-old son, Tabor. It’s a great idea since Tabor can play nearby while Sarah cooks and she can use the gate to keep him safe. It also confines his toys to...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 | 1 comment

DIY Teen: The Duct Tape Craze

DIY Teen: The Duct Tape Craze

I don’t have a teenager (yet) but I’ve always been fascinated with the teen subculture – music, fashion, and one of the latest fads, DIY duct tape projects. Take Claire and Samantha. They spend hours making accessories with duct tape that they buy in an astonishing variety of colors and patterns. Each roll costs about $5. They figured out how to make their creations by experimenting and making some “disasters” in the first few attempts. One afternoon after school, Claire and Samantha showed me the steps for making a duct-tape wallet and bracelet. Claire starts with recycled paper and makes the pattern. She then duct tapes the paper. She uses a different color “to add a little pop of color.” She traces a square and adds duct tape to create a small pocket inside the clutch. Samantha uses a strip of duct tape and folds it in half. She folds the tape into a circle to make a bracelet. Claire says that “you can pretty much duct tape anything,” which...

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