Friday, September 19, 2014

Candy Corn Paper Chain

So happy to be here over at Eighteen 25, participating in their Spooktacular September. My name is Lindi of Love The Day and Halloween is my favorite! It’s almost here and it’s time to celebrate and decorate. I’m all about easy paper decor to spruce up my mantel, table or to use as a party backdrop. From pennant banners to homemade paper pinwheels, paper crafts (especially printables) are the easiest and cheapest way to decorate. And because I love paper crafts and Halloween SO much, I thought I would design you lovely readers of Eighteen 25 free printable candy corn paper chains. They are crazy easy to make. You download, print, cut and staple together. Easy right? It’s a perfect craft for kids and adults alike. 

You can download the free candy corn paper chains HERE. And for more free printables and party ideas, visit me at Love The Day


Skeleton Treat Boxes

Hi there! I'm Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe, a creative lifestyle blog that is a celebration of life, creativity and food. I've got crafts, DIY projects, printables, recipes and more -- be sure to swing by sometime. I'd love to have you {wink}.

Sooo, as we all know, the lovely ladies of Eighteen25 are over the top fans of Halloween. Me? Not so much; however, I don't mind joining the fun and coming up with a spooktacular project or two. Today, I thought we might make some super cute Skeleton Treat Boxes.

Pretty cute, right? Super Halloween-y if you ask me...
Supplies for Skeleton Treat Boxes:
Oval Paper Mache Boxes, various sizes
White Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Sweet Treats, of course

First things first -- let's paint that cute little box with your white acrylic paint. I applied two coats of paint.
Now we're ready to start the skeleton face! Start by sketching your face in pencil (see image one). You'll then want to start painting within your sketch. A little bit like painting-by-number, without the numbers {giggle} I started with the eyes (see image two), so by the time I finished the rest of the face (see image three), the eyes would be dry for the white pupils.
For the final step, I flipped one of the brushes around and used the rounded top to create the pupils on each of the eyes by dotting it in the white paint, then dotting it in place a few times on the skeletons eye (see image four).

All that's left to do is fill that cute box with treats! Pretty spooktacular, right? They would make great favors, gifts for friends, neighbors or co-workers too.

Looking for some more Halloween inspiration, take a look at these:

I'm also sharing a Countdown to Halloween printable today at LLR...
There's only a few days left to get yours ready!

Thanks for having me, Jen, Jamie and Jodie!
Happy Halloween, friends. xo


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Yarn Ghost Garland

Hi there!!! I'm Jessica from Two Shades of Pink. I am so excited to share this adorably cute ghost garland with speech bubbles!  I had lots of ideas for this year's post but I wanted to gravitate towards something simple and family friendly.  I always love me a good garland and literally have a storage bin FULL OF THEM. So why not make another? I actually took this idea off of another Spooktacular project I did (these adorable Monster Cupcake Picks) but expanded on it to make this ghost garland.

Here's what you need: (5) 1.5 inch Styrofoam balls, white yarn, black adhesive felt, twine or yarn, 5 toothpicks, tape, hole punch, glue gun, a book or chalkboard for wrapping yarn around and scissors. Oh and your cute little speech bubbles. (printable below)

Step 1: Wrap yarn around a chalkboard or book 35-50 times.
Step 2: Slide the yarn off and tie off the middle.
Step 3: Snip the loops and fold in half until you have your ghost shape.
Step 4: Give your ghost a little haircut to even it up a bit.

 Step 5: Spread the yarn out and hot glue your Styrofoam ball right in the middle.
 Step 6: Punch out eyes for your cute little ghosts to see. :)  I reinforced mine with a dab of hot glue.

Step 8: Thread twine on a thick (yarn) needle. Push your needle at the top of the styrofoam ball (right where the needle is pointing in the photo). This will help it hang and not be too heavy. Thread each one onto your twine or yarn.  note: yarn will probably make this much sturdier

Now your ghosts are ready to start talking!

You can print your speech bubbles here
(go to the downward arrow with a line underneath it in the bottom right, download, and print)

I used washi tape for the tooth picks but I think the best thing is probably scotch tape for the lighter colored bubbles because the darker tape can be seen through the back. Trim your toothpick to size with scissors and slide it in the ghost head on an angle.  

Now hang it somewhere so it makes you smile! I have this garland on my living room chalkboard but you could hang it on a blank wall or just about anywhere. It's a pretty quick craft which makes it great to do with the kiddos too.

Thank you so much for having me Jen, Jamie, and Jodie! I love being here for Spooktacular 2014 and I'm always honored to be here.