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Cheap, Easy and Adorable Halloween Decoration!

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Hello everyone.

Well I want to start this post with some self Pity 😦 lol Ok So I started writing this post a YEAR ago…. I don’t know how I did it but I wasn’t typing on the same page I am now so I wasn’t able to “Save Draft”  then yesterday I finally had some time on my hands and low and behold my post was GONE!!!! I was BEYOND heart broken. For those of you that don’t know this yet I really do Hate writing. So why keep a blog? Well as much as I hate writing I love helping people even more. So sitting here at home this is the one way I can think of to help as many people as possible!

Well on to today’s post. Halloween is my personal FAVORITE HOLIDAY! Everyone else in my house though loves Christmas (with the exception of my 3 year old daughter) so most of our decorating budget has always gone with Decorating for Christmas. That hasn’t changed I don’t guess…

Soooo last year was the Special year where All of my Halloween decorating started taking the front burner for a change!

With 3 kids at different schools with different needs I have very few minutes to work with so I have to make them count! Today I want to show you a Craft that was literally takes less than 15 min from start to finish and this is doing it with a 3 year old that will surely give you a ton of ideas on what to do with all the extra pumpkins. So the $5 I have listed above as being the cost of this craft is assuming you have the other Items on hand or similar things that can take it’s place.

It is now October 30th and this is my 3 attempt at finishing this post on time!

Materials:

  1. You will need 5 pumpkins (the kind to trick or treat with) to make them exactly like mine
  2. Bamboo stick- I got a bag of them in Walmart in the Gardening section for under 4 bucks (a few years ago)
  3. Hot glue Gun
  4. Duck Tape
  5. Rubber Mallot for staking into the ground
  6. Drill with drill bits that will make holes big enough for the Bamboo  and a second hole big enough to push the lights thru
  7. A Maxwell coffee container lid not sure on the other brands but if you don’t have this. Improvise a “Hat” that will keep water out of the top container.
Pumpkins for Trick or Treating from the $1.00 bin at Wally World. Snip off handles and seal the holes so bugs don't make a home out of your hard work! I just used hot glue and a little gem to cover the hole.

Pumpkins for Trick or Treating from the $1.00 bin at Wally World. Snip off handles and seal the holes so bugs don’t make a home out of your hard work! I just used hot glue and a little gem to cover the hole.

With a drill bit drill 2 holes in the Pumpkin. Hole should be big enough for the Bamboo Stick you chose to fit thru so should be centered the second hole should be next to it and is to thread the string of lights thru each pumkin.

With a drill bit drill 2 holes in the Pumpkin. Hole should be big enough for the Bamboo Stick you chose to fit through so should be centered the second hole should be next to it and is to thread the string of lights through each pumpkin. Do this to all the pumkins.

Insides should look like this once you place it thru the bamboo and thread the lights. Make sure you leave a few lights in each pumkin. Divide how many lights you have and how many pumkins then distribute evenly. I used LED lights because they don't get hot so I didn't have to worry about melting the plastic. Also on the 1st one don't slide it all the way down leave about 6 to 12 inches of bamboo exposed so you can use that to stake your tower into the ground.

Insides should look like this once you place it through the bamboo and thread the lights. Make sure you leave a few lights in each pumpkin. Divide how many lights you have and how many pumpkins then distribute evenly. I used LED lights because they don’t get hot so I didn’t have to worry about melting the plastic. Also on the 1st one don’t slide it all the way down leave about 6 to 12 inches of bamboo exposed so you can use that to stake your tower into the ground. I used Duck tape just wrapped around to form a thicker band at the bottom so pumpkins wouldn’t go past it and it also sealed the 1st hole. I also placed duck tape on the inside of the top pumpkin to place pressure on the whole stack. I didn’t want to seal each pumpkin rim to make it easier to remove them if necessary.

Have your handy dandy Toddler help you select the sequence in which they should go on and then she can put them on as you hold the bamboo stick for her :)

Have your handy dandy Toddler help you select the sequence in which they should go on and then she can put them on as you hold the bamboo stick for her 🙂 Making sure that the faces are all facing the direction you want. All of ours are just looking forward 🙂

Last but not least was my situation on how to keep water and critters out but still have access to the top pumpkin so that I could turn on and off the battery box or change dead batteries.  We used the Battery operated lights so that we wouldn't have to deal with plugging in the tower and it even came with a timer switch! Now to fix my situation I turned tooooooo.... You guessed it our love of coffee! We had an empty  coffee container (or 10) laying around and the lid was the perfect color to act as the top of our pumpkin though  it could be spray painted and you could add a stem but then it's no longer a 10 min craft is it!

Last but not least was my situation on how to keep water and critters out but still have access to the top pumpkin so that I could turn on and off the battery box or change dead batteries. We used the Battery operated lights so that we wouldn’t have to deal with plugging in the tower and it even came with a timer switch! Now to fix my situation I turned tooooooo…. You guessed it our love of coffee! We had an empty coffee container (or 10) laying around and the lid was the perfect color to act as the top of our pumpkin though it could be spray painted and you could add a stem but then it’s no longer a 10 min craft is it!

Lastly find a nice spot in your yard for your creation! Looks great by day and by night.... But of course I don't know how to get a decent night shot to show how it glows!

Lastly find a nice spot in your yard for your creation! Looks great by day and by night…. But of course I don’t know how to get a decent night shot to show how it glows!

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I think I can, I think I can a tale of My Best Friends Wedding

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My best friend is getting married! So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting ready for her wedding. My daughter will be her Flower girl, My sons will be her Ring Boys and last but not least I will be her Maid of Honor. Her wedding is on Feb 12 I will be driving to Ohio with my 3 kids! Oh boy Oh Boy how exciting…. In case you missed the Sarcasm in my typing I wanted to make it clear I AM SOOO NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DRIVE! But she is my best friend and has ALWAYS been there for me :)

So with all the stress she has been going thru she hasn’t really thought out the little details liiiiiiike what we are going to do with our hair (daughter and I) So I started looking around for ideas even bought a bridal magazine. I found a few took pics and sent them to her. She picked the ones she liked and then started the next challenge how do I make them.

Being a crafter I always have materials on hand to make just about anything, I make it a habit to purchase things when they are on sale or clearance even though at the moment I may not know what I am going to do with them (does that make me a hoarder!)

So we settled on making rolled fabric roses to put on a headband or clip (still haven’t decided) As I made them I took photos along the way so that I could share what I did with you! :)

Materials: Felt, Headband, ribbon (or any fabric that you want to use) I used 1 and 2 inch ribbon, hot glue gun, lighter (to heat seal ribbon) *feathers, birdcage veil material, crystal beads, beads, rhinestones* from* is optional

1) Cut a piece of felt smaller than the rose will be and round it out to a circle ( I didn’t measure my strips but I did cut several to the same size and some a bit longer)

2) Fold in one end of the ribbon to form a triangle (never really found a great way to do this but it seamed to work) then start rolling the ribbon some until it looks like the center of the rose. Put a healthy dot of hot glue in the center of felt and place the ribbon in it make sure that the “Bud” shape is facing up to make it easier to wrap around it.

2) Now it’s just a matter of twisting and wrapping hot gluing along the way about every other wrap. The tighter you twist the smaller the rose will be. I played around with this and got several different sized roses with the same length of ribbon. All of the felt should be covered if it isn’t trim it before

4) When you are almost at the end give it one last twist and instead of wrapping place the rest of the ribbon to the back and glue in place.

Well I just kept on making these until I ran out of ribbon in several colors just to stash them for future use

5) With ribbon of your choice wrap the headband, with felt cut out a “tear drop” well that’s what I did but you can do circle, square whatever your heart desires and arrange your flower how ever you’d like them and then hot glue them on to felt.

I glued the feather first. Then I gathered the birdcage fabric and hot glued that on top of feathers. Next I glued the flowers and a Hand Beaded Butterfly that I made in the center.