Free Halloween Lunch Box Notes

free halloween lunch box notes

October is almost here! I’m pretty sure the best part of the holidays is being a parent. I love getting my kids excited for the holidays especially Halloween! Enjoy this free set of Halloween lunch box notes for your little ones.

P.S my favorite note is Hocus Pocus movie night!

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Easy Glitter ribbon clothespins

I have a confession: I actually do not like glitter. Well glitter that falls off and gets all over you, the couch, the car, the floor, etc. I actually despise halloween costumes that have glitter on them. It gets EVERYWHERE. I’ve been cheating for a long time now when I glitter things like clothespins. I have an Ikea art runner, where I made my own decorative clothespins to hold the art, cards, etc.

My trick: Glitter ribbon. I get most of mine from Michael’s but you can find it at any craft store and even Wal-Mart.

I picked up a lot of different colors out of the $1 bin of Michael’s this year. I have made these clothespins for myself and as gifts for others.

You can double side tape the ribbon to the wood clothespin or Mod Podge the ribbon to it. In order to Mod Podge; you paint a light coat on the clothespin and place your ribbon on. Smooth down and cut. Let dry and then coat the top of the glitter ribbon with a thin coat of Mod Podge. I use Gloss Mod Podge to make it shinny.

black glitter clothespins

Black Glitter Clothespins that I used in a “Gatsby” party. Also made Gold glitter ones to go with the black. Black can be used for Halloween decor.

I have an assortment of glitter clothespins for my art display. Red, Green, and Gold for Christmas; Pastel colors for Easter; Sea foam green and blues for Summer; etc.

You can also make as gifts and leave as is or put a magnet to the back for their fridge. Or make a set as bag clips. I made a Christmas set for my aunt a couple years back for her to hang Christmas cards from.

decorative clothespins

You can also decorate clothespins with other ribbons and burlap. A set like these were for sale at Michael’s for $3. You can pick up clothespins at Dollar Tree and use burlap or other ribbon you have on hand.

Mod Podge works wonders and you can decorate clothespins with scrapbook paper as well. You will need to outline your clothespins on the back of the paper before you start cutting, but it is easy enough. After the paper dries, sandpaper the edges a little to smooth the ends of the paper.

Washi tape can also be used to decorate clothespins. Glue a thumb tack to the back to post on bulletin boards.

 

 

Easiest Personalized Door hanger

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I made my sister a personalized door hanger this year. All you need is a wood letter of the person’s last name and some burlap ribbon. Paint is optional.

I chose a medium size wood letter but you can go bigger. I painted mine white, but you could choose any color or Mod Podge scrapbook paper to it. After the paint dried, I tied burlap ribbon to one side and measured to make it long enough before cutting the other end.

There you have the easiest, fastest way to make your own personalized door hanger.

Gatsby Bachelorette Party

A little party never killed nobodyMy dear friend Andrea was throwing a mutual friend of ours Bachelorette party and asked if I could help. I’ve never turned a good party down. The Bride’s wedding theme is “Gatsby” so Andrea wanted to tie the Bachelorette’s party with black and gold color scheme.

Glitter champagne glassesGlitter champagne flutes were a hit at the party. The bride loves glitter and all that shimmers, so Andrea knew she had to tie glitter into the party somehow. That’s were I came in: Mod Podge Goddess. I love that thick, gross paste! It works on everything. I followed the directions that Andrea found on Pinterest for Mod Podging glitter. See those directions here from HGTV.

Glittered champagne flutes

The one set in the picture above show some of the glitter fell off after drying. Other than that, they turned out great. Andrea and I knew the attendees could be dangerous with glass flutes, so we opted for plastic. Plastic is the only way to go if lots of alcohol is involved. We had a plastic flute or two fall = good thing we went with plastic. If you ever have a party pool side, always go with plastic.

Strawberry poundcake skewers

 Strawberry pound cake skewers. Not pictured are the sausage balls= big hit.

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A quote from “Gatsby”. Use a chalk marker on chalkboard to write your phrase. Don’t forget your pearls.

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The Maid of Honor made this. She bought a already precut mat and applied gold shiny stickers to say “Kiss the Miss goodbye”. All the attendees put some extra lipstick on and kissed away. It is a cute keepsake for the bride to remember her night. Of course we had a photo session to make sure we took a lot of great pics for her to choose from.

Panty line up

Of course we played a couple games. The bride had to guess which guest brought which panties. She almost guessed them right the first try. Andrea and I cheated on the glitter clothespins. We used glitter ribbon instead of glitter; less messy. Find glitter ribbon clothespins tutorial here.

Frozen inspired Halloween Trick or Treat bag

Frozen inspired trick or treat bag.jpgFrozen is extremely popular still today 10 months after it’s release. Frozen costumes are going to be in high demand this Halloween. I have easy instructions for a DIY Frozen inspired Trick or Treat Bag.

My mother actually got this bag for my daughters. It wasn’t meant to be Frozen inspired, I actually picked it up the other day and thought how perfect it would be. Felt pieces are a perfect size for a tote bag and Trick or Treat bag.

You will need 3-4 pieces of light blue felt. Can use stiff felt or regular. Stiffened felt makes if more sturdy. DO NOT get the peel and stick kind. Can sew pieces together or even hot glue if sewing isn’t your thing. Can embroider the front with snowflakes or use puff paint or stick snowflake stickers to the felt. Grab some scissors, ruler and either cardstock or other sturdy paper/cardboard OR freezer paper.

Felt is not easy to cut straight. You have options: A. you can cut a template buy measuring out what sizes you need on cardstock or other sturdy paper. B. you can use freezer paper and measure out what sizes you need and draw on the freezer paper. Then iron down the glossy side onto the felt and cut. This is where your ruler comes in.

Cut 2 pieces to 8X8 for the front and back of the bag

Cut 3 pieces to 4wX8h for the sides and bottom of the bag

Cut 4 pieces 11 inches for the handles

Frozen inspired Trick or Treat bag

Once you have all your pieces cut out ; it is time to sew or glue. If you are embroidering, take your front piece and do it now. Sew or glue the side pieces together to the front and then the back. Begin by laying two side pieces on top of each other, matching up the ends.  Sew the two pieces together.  Leave a small 1/8″ at the bottom without a seam (this is where you will attach the bottom piece later.)  Continue to sew all the edges together until you are left with a square.

Next line the bottom piece up with your square and sew it to the front piece first. Make sure all your edges line up and sew it with the same seam allowance as you did on your side pieces.  Next sew the opposite seam.  Then sew the other two sides.

Take 2 handle pieces and sew back to back to make more sturdy. Do the other two pieces the same way. Then sew the pieces to the top of the bag. If you glue them, make sure to enforce them with a running stitch by hand sewing. Nothing is worse than having your child drop their candy in the middle of the road on Halloween night.

Frozen inspired trick or treat bag

If you are an experienced sewer, you can even line the inside of the bag.

Now you are ready to decorate the front of your tote by using puff paint or stickers if you didn’t embroider. Mine has 9 Snowflakes on it ranging in sizes. You can even get your child involved and have them decorate their own bag.

Frozen trick or treat bag

 

Witches Kitchen Halloween Party Shoot

halloween party ideas My little witches had so much fun shooting this fun Halloween witch’s kitchen shoot. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so at this house we go ALL out. Luckily I have two little girls that love Halloween as much as I do. So they were definitely up for dressing up as witches for some cute Halloween photos. If you’re throwing a Halloween party don’t forget the dry ice, all the kids love it!

Halloween Party witches shoot   halloween party witches shootwitches partyhalloween party witches shoot I bought my flowers at Dollar Tree and the vase is made from a Starbucks glass; spray painted with mirror glass spray, let dry then spray painted chalk board paint and I used sandpaper while the paint was wet to give a dirty look.

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Making their potions! I collected jars and used these Free potion labels. I added water and a piece of dry ice to each jar, then I gave each little witch a test tube full of food coloring and water to pour into their dry ice jars, so they could watch what happened next. If you have never played with dry ice before with your kids, you need to. The water bubbles up and smokes and the kids will love it. “Of course don’t let them touch it!”

Halloween party witches shoot as you can see, magic! halloween witches shoot halloween witches shoot  halloween witches shoot Love this little witch!

halloween23Having fun with this cutie and our Halloween props

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Of course every witch has to have a cat

halloween party witches shoot

DIY Izzy from Jake and Neverland Pirates Halloween Costume

DIY Izzy from Neverland Pirates costume

 

My littlest one is obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She wanted to be Jake for Halloween last year. She asked if I would dress up with her so I decided to go as Izzy. She then decided to go as Izzy too. I didn’t like any of the Izzy costumes that were available to buy so I decided to make my own. We already had her purple leggings. So I got her a long sleeve pink shirt for free at a church clothing drive were I drop off old clothes. It is from Wal-Mart for $3.97. We had the pink bandana from her Best Friends pirate party earlier that year, but it came from Hobby Lobby for 99 cents.

I bought 2 dark brown felt squares from Walmart for 22 cents each and one yellowish gold one.

Fold felt in half

For this example I am showing you white felt so you can see the folds. Fold the rectangle of felt long ways in half. No cutting required because you can fold the felt as much as you need.

Boot made of feltWrap the felt around your child’s leg so you can see how much is going to overlap.  The top of the felt will lap over like a Captain’s boot. As in the picture above; you will sew up the boot but not the top where the Captain’s overlap is.

boot

I had stitched mine with brown thread. The boots go over the child’s shoes. They will not cover the shoe just go to the top. So they could wear brown shoes or tennis shoes with this boot cover. Mine chose shoes she would be able to walk in for long periods of time.

Izzy for Halloween

 

Next we made some gold fairy dust pouches with felt too.

Gold Felt for Fairy dust pouches

Fold felt in half and cut. You only need half of the felt per each pouch. We were making two, so it worked out perfectly. Sew the top of the pouch together with a slight opening to run string thru. I went with a yarn soft string instead of the more popular leather. I already had the string on hand too.

izzy bag

For the Child costume I had the leggings and bandana, shirt for free,  so I spent 66 cents for her costume. She plays with it as dress up and can wear the clothes as regular everyday wear. If you went now and had to buy everything you would still only spend $11 compared to $20 for a traditional halloween costume. Walmart: leggings $3.97, shirt $3.97, felt 2 brown and 1 gold 66 cents, string 57 cents and Hobby Lobby bandana $1.

For the Adult costume I had the top, bandana and boots, so I spent $10 for my jeggings. I used the second piece of gold felt for my fairy dust pouch.

 

 

 

 

Doc McStuffins inspired birthday favors

Doc McStuffins Favors

Our recent birthday party had a lot of fun favors. We had “Time for your check-up” baby station. Each baby (purchased at Dollar Tree) had a little felt Band-Aid and felt arm band with a little purple blanket.  For the blankets Sierra cut a purple handkerchiefs that she found at hobby lobby for .99 each into fours.

Bandaid supplies

For the band-aids I used a template from American Felt and Craft. You can even trace your outline on freezer paper and get better cuts out of felt. We were pressed for time on a friday night and I could not find my freezer paper so I just hand cut the felt. Doc McStuffins bandaids

I glued a small strip of velcro to ours so they could attach it to their baby dolls. I did not sew them or put white felt on the inside.

Doc McStuffins arm cuffI took purple felt and evenly cut it into rectangles to go on their baby dolls. Much like the bandaids, I put velcro on both ends.

Doc McStuffins doll for check up

One of the dolls we used for the “check up” section

Doc McStuffins Book of Boo Boos

Purchased  blank purple notebooks at Dollar Tree and hot glued heart cut outs from glitter scrapbook paper.

Treat bags display

Favor boxes display

Cute Doc

One of our Docs in her t-shirt lab coats and headband. Other Doc McStuffins favor DIYs.

$1 Wood Black Cat Halloween Decor

black cats

Sierra has a love of black cats. She loves witches and every witch rocks a black cat. She even owns her very own black cat, “Boo”. That cat loves me by the way. It’s a shame I am allergic. So Sierra came across Clover House’s 2 x 4 Black Cats and Pumpkin DIY and fell in love. I thought why not – I wont’ be allergic to these little cuties. Her husband works construction and comes across repurposed, old wood all the time. So he picked us up some and cut out our cats. If you know someone that is remodeling or works in a field that uses wood – ask for some old 2 x 4’s. They would be throwing it out after all.

Clover house black cats

Follow Clover House’s directions, she has the measurements for cutting etc. We hand sanded ours with some sandpaper we already had. We chose not to sandpaper after we painted. I liked them dark black. I used a foam sponge, Sierra used a regular paint brush. Just note that if you use a foam sponge brush – it absorbs the paint. Pine wood also drinks paint so you will need a couple to few coats of paint to cover. I went with large googly eyes because the smaller ones looked too small. We hot glued the eyes to the wood after the paint dried.

Black cats

We already had black paint on hand, paint brushes and googly eyes. So our total cost was $1 for Raffia for the cats whiskers. Picked some up at Dollar Tree. If you do not have all your supplies, you could buy the wood at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Pick up some acrylic black paint at WalMart for 57 cents. Google eyes at Dollar Tree with the Raffia for $2 total. Total cost coming to $5-$10 depending on wood price. If you do not have the time or energy to make your own – Clover House sells them on DeeDeesCards Etsy shop for the set $20.

Black Cats

photo 2-13Cute, cheap Halloween Decor for your mantel or table. We had a lot of fun making these.