Handmade Halloween

Yes, Halloween has come and gone, but I wanted to share the costumes we had this year!


The ‘real’ costume was Ash, the Pokemon trainer, and his Pokemon, Pikachu! We went back and forth and back and forth between costumes. FIrst it was Ash, then Shaggy from Scooby Doo, then another Pokemon character, and back around to Ash!


Do you know Ash? Well, this is what he looks like as a cartoon….


And this is my real life version! As we were trick or treating, kids kept saying Hello to Ash! Then Dad and I were waiting on the kiddo to trick or treat and these older kids came by talking about the kiddos costume. One kid was telling the other kid about how he’d seen the kid in the Ash costume and,

‘It’s so LEGIT, man’

Talk about making a Momma proud! Oh, yeah! The kiddo came back and I told him about the huge compliment he got and he said, ‘What’s that mean?’ Ha! It means you have a really cool Momma that makes you really cool costumes! hehehe!!!


This costume was a mish mash of handmade and not. The coat, totally all handmade. I used the Kitschy Coo Reversible Zippy Hoodie Pattern for the jacket. I got the hat online and painted on the symbol with fabric paint. I was planning on making the pants, but when I found then for ten bucks at Target, I just bought them…. The gloves are half and half! I tried to make my own, but then found some just the right color. I cut them down and added on the red cuffs.


And Pikachu! I made Pikachu! I made a neighbor one a while back using the Ikat Bag’s Menagerie Pattern with a few alternations. And now the kiddo gets his own!


And remember I mentioned Shaggy? Well, the Friday before Halloween school had a Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day. Max choose Shaggy from Scooby Doo! Yes, they are books now. He’s become obsessed with those meddling kids in both book and video form!  And yes, that’s Scooby dressed as a wolf for Halloween! hehehe!


Originally, I was just going to whip up a tshirt for him. Then I headed into Old Navy I just happened to find one last green short sleeved shirt with a V-neck, in his size, for $1.50! Um, can’t pass that up! I very liberally used See Kate Sew’s Surfer Slacks for the bell bottoms. I started at one size of the pattern at hte waist, then just drew the pants out at the knee for the bell bottoms. I should have exaggerated even more….


You aren’t Shaggy without the silly whiskers! And I found the Scooby Snacks at Target!


We had a fun Halloween! The kiddo said it was his best one yet! Awesome! I told him that I hope that when he grows up that he has fond memories of Halloween and being involved with all his custom made Halloween costumes. And I told him, if he has a wife that doesn’t sew, that means he has to make his kids costumes! I hope so!


Pinterest Try Tuesday- Ghost Night Lights

This Pinterest Try is super easy and I don’t think anyone could turn this one into a fail! These little ghosts are adorable.


This project I saw on the Family Chic website! I love her projects! They are usually those wonderfully simple projects that you see and think to yourself, How did I not think of that?? But she does! I’ve ‘pinned’ quite a few things from her blog. I saw these ghosts and ‘pinned’ again!


Easy Peasy! You just need stuffing, balloons, tea lights and a sharpie. Cut off the end of the balloon, stuff it, then stuff in the tea light. I then trimmed the balloon down again on the bottom. Lastly we made thier faces! The kiddo thinks these are just adorable!


I think they are adorable even when they aren’t lit up! I can’t tell if the originals from Family Chic are bigger than mine or not. These are only about 2 inches tall. Which adds to the ‘cute’ factor!


5 little ghosts all in a row!


I’m not sure what you can do with them, except as fun little night lights. I guess if you had enough, you could line a walkway with them. That would be awesome, but you’d need A LOT! Or maybe just a little ambiance at the dinner table!


Pinterest Try Tuesday (kinda) Bobble Head Ghosts

So this is kinda a pinterest try, but it’s an old fashioned kinda pinterest! I saw this in a magazine and tore out the page months ago… Remember doing that way back before Pinterest??? And I’ve held on to this project from the Family Fun Magazine since I think this past Easter!


But as you can see, it’s not an Easter project! I took their Easter project and turned it into a Halloween project!


The original project was for bobble head chicks. But, nope, not chicks here! Cute little ghosts in our house!


Using the directions they had in the magazine, you just need sculpey,  some wire and glass beads. I used the sculpey and the wire, but I added a few extra materials. I also included a meat thermometer and glass top quilting pins!


Why a meat thermometer you ask? To wind the wire around, of course! A pencil was too thick, so I went looking for something else and the meat thermometer was the perfect diameter!  First off you shape your head and body of the ghosts. Then wind your wire. I used about 2 inches of wire. You’ll want to keep the ends straight to push into the head and body. Then put the three pieces together, the head, the wire and the body. I also used the thermometer to shape the bottom.


On this little guy I used some quilting pins with glass heads for the eyes and mouths. I cut the pins short and stuck them in!


The wire needs to be heavy enough to hold up the head, but thin enough to wobble! In this picture I’m trying to show you that his head actually bobbles! Not an easy thing to take a picture of!


Ok, so my first try wasn’t exactly a fail, but it wasn’t a real win either! I tried to make them with soft clay and perler beads…. I couldn’t get a smooth finish with the soft clay. I could make it larger, but not smooth… I also used pretty thick wire and didn’t get the bobble action. Then I started to make the eyes in the sculpey with the perler beads but realized they’d melt! That would have been bad!


I’m pretty happy with them! I didn’t actually make these with the kiddo, but he was pretty excited about them after he saw them. So now I’m out to get more sculpey!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Eraser Dot Halloween Shirts DIY

I am so excited that it’s October! And that means Halloween!! We love Halloween around here! AND… It’s been a while since I did my Pinterest Try Tuesday projects. So this month we’re doing Halloween themed Pinterest Tries. Starting with the eraser dot tshirts.


Have you seen these around? WAY back, before my blogging days, I had a baby shower for a friend and I used erasers and paint to make the invitations and envelopes and all sorts of things. So when I saw these bat shirts, I knew I had to make some with the kiddo! Looking more into Cutesy Crafts, where my ‘pin’ originated, it appears she does these for every season! Be sure to check out her page! This would also make cute tote bags, too!


This pinterest try was a real win! It’s quick and easy. Doesn’t require many materials. Fun!


So you start with a freezer paper stencil. Since I got an orange shirt, my son said it had to be a pumpkin! So a pumpkin we made! We actually picked pieces for the pumpkin from online then put it together in photoshop to be exactly how he wanted it!


Then you just need fabric paint and a pencil or two.




Here’s how easy it is. Dip the pencil eraser in the paint and then on the shirt! Let it dry and remove the freezer paper!


What design would you make? I was also thinking of a ghost in glow in the dark paint! Yep!


The kiddo really like it. He was quite curious why we didn’t just use a paintbrush, though. But once we started he got into it! It got worn to school today and the plan is to wear it on Halloween FOR SURE! At least before trick or treating anyway!


Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!! Is everyone ready??


We’re headed to the pumpkin patch today with the kiddos class at school! Then home for dinner and trick or treating in the neighborhood. I didn’t get all the costumes made, but I did get some more bats in….


Unlike the quilt, I made these a lot more patch-worky!



But in keeping with the quilt I did insert a few little pieces from the same fabrics that I used in the quilt! I’m pretty happy with them!



Of course, I used my bat block pattern!



And for the backs I used the fabrics in the quilt! The patchwork piece I got all the little pieces from and the ghosts I used for the quilt binding! Sorry for such a short and sweet post today, but we’re off for a trick or treat kinda day! Have fun!

Halloween Baking with CVS

I’m a lucky duck (is that what I should be for Halloween??)! I recently received a great goodie box from my friends at CVS!


And included in my goodie box was the fixin’s for these fun cupcakes!! Raise the Dead Cupcakes!


The kiddo and I loved opening the box and finding all the goodies! Even though I got a bunch of baking supplies, CVS has all the Halloween essentials, from décor and candy to costumes and flashlights! And for us last minute shoppers,  CVS ExtraCare members can save 20% off on Halloween supplies!


Besides the Raise The Dead Cupcake decorating kit, other things that they have for you and your last minute baking are the cake pop mold and sticks for the cake pops, adorable bags for the cookies, lots of fun cupcake liners  and the Brains cupcake kit. The Brains kit comes with the cake batter, icing and the little cupcake wrappers!!


Did Halloween sneak up on you this year? It did in this house! So getting these great supplies from CVS was perfect! We decided to first try the Raise the Dead cupcakes!


We even stirred the batter with the fun spatula! We used the packaged cupcake liners. We did add smashed Oreos (not included in the decorating kit, but easily available at CVS) for the graveyard dirt! Crafty, huh!?


They were so yummy that not only did the kiddo eat them, the dog snuck in the kitchen and ate 4!! She is in the doghouse for sure!


Aren’t the SPPOOOKKKKYYY??? It’s not too late to get your Halloween party supplies at CVS!  CVS/pharmacy Photo Centers has close to 50 Halloween-themed templates for festive invitations, available same day. It’s not too late to invite your friends to your celebration. CVS also has baking supplies, candy, party snacks and more to help make sure you have everything you need to pull off a successful Halloween party with friends and family.


I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!




Lion Mask Tutorial with My Own Fringemaker

There are all sorts of projects to do with the My Own Fringemaker, but in the spirit of Halloween I’m thinking of costumes! Like maybe a Lion costume…..



I was going to make a lion stuffie. Maybe I still will, because our neighbors are having a baby any day now! Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on that! I’ve been wanting to do something lion since I found out about the My Own Fringemaker! Register to win a Fringemaker here!


And if you’ve been around here for long, you know I like masks! Especially masks! We’ve done the Mr. Fox and the Arctic Fox and now it’s the Lion. Ready to make your own?


You’ll need a fringemaker (register to win here, or buy it here), yarn, felt, 14,5″ elastic, the pattern, pipe cleaners, and cutting materials. For the felt I used four colors, cream, orange, yellow and a brownish yellow.


Cut out all your pieces.



Sew the elastic to the back piece of the mask.





Make the mane! Start by tying off the yarn on the Fringmaker in a knot. Wind the yarn around and around and around! With this one I used 2 kinds of yarn, you don’t have to. Then sew down the middle. I just sewed down once since I knew the yarn would be sewn in the mask. And lastly, Remove the mane from the Fringemaker!


Position the main on the back mask and pin it in place.


Place the front of the mask in place and the chin/cheeks piece and the middle piece on top and sew around the edges. This part isn’t super easy, so go slow so that everything stays aligned.



Embellish! Add the inside of the ear and the nose. These pieces could be glued on, but I sewed mine on. And sew down the chin and the middle pieces. Then add the wiskers. Cut a little slit in the cheeks, insert the whiskers and then sew down on top of the whiskers.


Cut out the eyes and sew around the edges.


And your done! Find a sweet kid for the mask!


You’ve got a lion! What mask would you make with the My Own Fringemaker?

Don’t forget to register to win here!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!


Spooky Lollipop Puppets Tutorial

I can’t believe that Halloween is almost here! Ahhhh! We started decorating a few weeks ago, but just got the finishing touches done today! How about you? Still working on it? Here’s a fun little craft to do to give to your favorite trick or treaters!


We just happened to have a bunch of lollipops that we didn’t know what to do with and decided to dress them up for Halloween! I can’t wait to show you how easy they are!


The materials we used are felt, embroidery thread and needles, scissors, googly eyes and glue and, of course, lollipops! And an erasable or disappearing pen is optional.



First we made the patterns, but you can skip that step and download our patterns here. Our patterns are for a 2″ lollipop. We traced pretty close the pop and then secondly, we made the pattern about a quarter inch larger than the pop.



Secondly, we cut! First the pattern. Then the felt. Cut out the shapes, two of each for each pop. And if you want eye holes, this is the time to cut them out.



Next, the fun part! Well, this is debatable… I think my son’s favorite would be the next step. But the sewing part is mine! If you’re making these with little ones, two things. First,  be careful with the needles. The bigger the needles, the easier it is for the little fingers to use without being poked. And secondly, you can mark the spots to put the needle along the edge of the puppet pieces. I used a Frixion pen and the dots can be ironed out.



The favorite part for the kiddos! Adding the googly eyes! Just glue them on!


And lastly, insert the lollipop!


And a spooky lollipop ghost puppet is what you have! My son went a bit overboard with the googly eyes, huh!?!?! He was loving it!


We made a bat, a pumpkin and several ghosts!


I think the bat is my favorite! Which is your favorite? What other fun spooky lollipop puppet can you think of?


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Halloween Scrapbook

While Halloween is still fresh on your mind… Instead of eating all of your kids candy, why not make a Halloween Scrapbook?

I do this with all my Christmas cards, too. I love getting it out each year and comparing the old photo cards to the new photocards! So this year I thought, why not do this for Halloween too???

For this project, I printed out the color cover from a paper cut I made into a printable and put it on the cover. I used our ‘Family Portraits’ from Ooh Moon, again, for the front page. Then printed pictures from each year, secured them in and…. Wahla!

Max from Where the Wild Things Are

I’m old school when it comes to scrapbooking. (and behind, but that’s another story!) Mine are so old fashioned. Just black paper, black corners and white or silver pens. I’m amazed at so many people’s elaborate scarpbooks! They are beuatiful! But mine are simple.

Fireman Costume

The fun thing about this is that you don’t have to sort through all your pictures, or all your scrapbooks to find Halloween for each year. Just pack this away with your decorations and pull it our each year. All your Halloween memories in one place!

Curious George Dressed Up Like a Monster

My son already loves looking through and saying, ‘That’s me, and that’s me and that’s me…..’ The beauty of an only child! Ha!

To Do List- A Band of Pirates!, done

We had a great Halloween! How about you?

The kiddo already had his costume. He got it for Christmas last year and has worn it and worn it and worn it. I went to wash it, and noticed that the tag said spot clean only. But I figured, hand wash would be ok, right? Then I got nervous… So I followed the directions and they were right! The red runs! Easily! So glad I didn’t wash it! But then Wednesday night chocolate milk got spilled on it. Luckily the Pirate Booty Jewels covered it up!

With his costume already being done, I had to sew something! RIght? Most everyone was like, AWesome, you don’t have to make one… But I was sad! I love making his costumes! Instead I switched to Mom and Dad’s. And for some insane reason waited ’til Halloween day to make them…. Dad’s was easy. A sash and a fleece vest. And he wore a pirate party favor hat. And for me, I made a skirt! Tulle on the bottom, shiny black in the middle and red sheer on top. Of course, it all went along pretty well until I went to put it on…. When I sewed on the top layer, I accidentally sewed over the elastic…. I tried to take out the stitching, but it didn’t want to come out, so I got a bit of it out and had to do a little extra cutting of the sheers… (notice no pictures from behind!)

All in all we looked like a crazy band of pirates and had a hilarious night of trick or treating and I marked two things off my to do list!

Unfortunately I think even though I marked two things off my to do list, I think I have to add another… A new pirate costume for the kiddo! Yes, Halloween is past, but that doesn’t stop dress up in our house!


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