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!

halloween lunch box notes freebies

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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.

 

 

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.

halloween party witches shoot halloween food halloween party witches shoot  My frog eggs Jell-O: lime Jell-O with green maraschino cherry’s  halloween party witches shoot

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

Halloween witches  shoot

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.

 

 

 

 

$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.

11 Easy & fun Halloween Ideas

11 fun halloween idea full of crafts

It’s almost time to decorate the house up for Halloween. Here are some fun Halloween craft and décor ideas you can do and even get your kids involved. All the crafts I do are always affordable and never time consuming so I assure you – you will have fun with these Halloween goodies! I even threw in some free Halloween printables!

 

Potion Bottles

Potion Bottles

I made these fun easy Halloween Potion Bottles DIY for a Halloween party I had for my daughters. The girls poured bat and spider confetti for their potion. They can work as party favors also.

Halloween Spell Books Diy Halloween crafts

Halloween Crafts DIY Spell Books

halloween decor ideas made from DIY spell Books

Halloween crafts DIY Witches hat vintage primitive decorCreate your own vintage Witches Hat

Halloween candles diy decorWine Bottles Turned Halloween Décor

haunted house dollar tree craft

Dollar Tree Halloween Crafts

Halloween Decor ideasI love my apothecary jars I use them for every holiday

Halloween crafts with streamers diyCreate your own Halloween characters with only streamers and empty boxes DIY

When witches go riding and black cats are seen free halloween printableI recently made this Halloween chalkboard art that I cant wait to put in a black frame and add to my Halloween décor. You can get your freebie download here.

Free Halloween PrintableAnd one more Freebie

Halloween ideasLet your kids have fun with dry ice (adult supervised of course)

Halloween party children favors postAnd finally have fun and throw a Halloween party. Last year I threw a Halloween children’s party: Witches Ball

Halloween characters made with streamers

Halloween crafts with streamers diyI had to share my easy and cheap Halloween craft I did the other night with my children. We all have seen the adorable Halloween crafts made from wood all over Pinterest. Well the other night I was cleaning out my cabinets and I thought these boxes would work perfect for my characters. Literally all you do is wrap your boxes with streamers, decorate up and your done in minutes. Your children will have a blast making these.

streamer mummy halloween craft diyFor my little mummy girl:  I first taped my box closed. Next, I wrapped in toilet paper since you can see through the white streamers. Then I wrapped my white streamers over and over the box using double sided tape. For the eyes you can use goggly eyes, I came across this package at Dollar Tree that had stickers for Halloween characters. We had plenty of stickers left over they could still decorate their paper character. On the side of the box I glued this cute little spider.

Dollar treeThese  stickers worked great I did add a little hot glue so they would stick better to my streamers.

streamers Halloween craft made from used pasta boxesBest place to buy streamers is at Dollar Tree they come in a two pack, next Party City has them for less than a $1

streamers diy Halloween craft diyI used chalkboard paint marker for this little cat. For the cat ears I just cut a piece of cardstock and used my black streamer over the paper.

Dollar Tree Crafts: Pumpkin Pie Freebie Printable

dollar tree pumpkin candle craft

Oh Dollar Tree how I love finding cute little gift ideas at your store! Dollar Tree is always a hit or miss for me, sometimes I go in and find nothing and then sometimes I find myself spending over $30 in one trip, who does that! Well one of the things I found were these adorable pumpkin pie candles that came in little mason jars.  The best part they smell amazing! I am creating a fall basket for my bestie because we both love fall so much, so Happy National Fall Day should be a gift giving holiday! So I created this cute free printable that says “You’re sweet as Pumpkin Pie” to cover up the Dollar Tree generic label – which the label easily pealed off. Download Here for your free setsweet as pumpkin pie

You can cut these out or punch out to turn into a tag also. I don’t know how I passed kindergarten because I cannot cut a perfect circle apparently. But they do have circle punchers. You're sweet as pumpkin pie printable gift tag

candle dollar tree craftNext I found a pretty fall burgundy color ribbon at Dollar Tree that I tied around my jar. They also have apple cinnamon that I need to create a label for Christmas gifts. When I do I’ll be sure to share it. Happy Fall!

Dollar tree candle craft

 

Halloween Potion Wine Bottles DIY

 

 

Halloween candles diy decor

I have this obsession with anything to do with witches during Halloween! I am trying to create a witches kitchen for this photo shoot I am working on, creating different types of potion bottles and décor. I came across chalkboard wine bottles at Hobby Lobby that cost over $8.00 a bottle and I thought was cute but over priced. I drink wine therefore I could re-use my wine bottles. If you don’t drink wine ask your friends or people you work with to get their bottles, there is no need to pay for wine bottles. For this project All I bought was a can of chalkboard spray paint at Wal-Mart which is less than $4.oo and a set of long white candle sticks from Dollar Tree. I printed off these free Potion Labels. potion bottle labelsToday on my trip to Dollar tree they were putting out their Halloween stock and they also had potion bottle labels in a 8 pack that were stickers Dollar tree halloween labels

For my wine bottles I first soaked in soapy hot water so I can easily peel off the label. If you have any sticky residue I use Goo- Gone, I get a little bottle in the Target dollar section that last forever. After you wash them again let fully dry.

wine bottles

I Spray painted my bottles: make sure you stand a good distance away so you don’t get any paint runs on your bottles.  I like using the chalkboard paint because the black comes out better than regular black spray paint, and gives it a vintage look.

Halloween candles diy

After my paint dried I double sided tapped my labels to my bottles. Now For the fun part: I lite one of my dollar tree candle sticks and let drip over my bottles. You can use red candle sticks also to give the blood look. I cut my candle sticks different lengths for my bottles.

candleI wanted my candles to look a little vintage so I took my lighter and burned the sides of the candles to give the black run marks.

vintage halloween decor

halloween candle dripping

I can’t wait to use these in my house for Halloween decorations!