Category: DIY

Clothespin Halloween Bats

4 Halloween Crafts for Your Goblins

It doesn’t matter the holiday, kids always want to do crafts. So do I. Your goblins will love these 4 easy and oh-so-spooky Halloween projects!

1. Haunted Popsicle Stick House

Popsicle Stick Haunted House

Happily Ever After

Materials:

Directions:

1. Roof: To start, line up 20 popsicle sticks and glue five sticks in perpendicular fashion to
provide support. Repeat to make the other side of the roof. Support beams may be placed for
added decoration.

2. Front: To make the front of the house use ten popsicle sticks with two glued in perpendicular
fashion to provide support. Cut another ten sticks to size to allow space for a doorway. (I
recommend using heavy duty scissors because you’d likely break your regular scissors.) Two
sticks can be used for door framing.

3. Back: Similarly to make the back use ten popsicle sticks. cut the sticks to size to make the
window. to provide support use three sticks (two at the edges and one in the middle) glued in
perpendicular fashion. Add small popsicle sticks (or you can cut regular popsicle sticks) to make
the frame of the window.

4. Sides: Use ten uncut regular length popsicle sticks and glue two in perpendicular fashion to
provide support. if you prefer sides with windows, cut the middle four popsicle sticks to
desired window size. As above, add small popsicle sticks (or you can cut regular popsicle sticks)
to make the frame of the window.

5. Put the sides, the front, and back together one at a time and glue the edges. Hold until the
glue dries. Finally place the roof on and glue in place, and we are done!

There is a lot of room for creativity in this project, by adding all kinds of decorations or even little candy pumpkins. The less perfect it is, the more haunted it looks. Win, win!

Popsicle Stick Haunted House

Happily Ever After

2. Clothespin Button Bats

Clothespin Halloween Bats

I Heart Crafty Things

Materials:

Directions:

1. Start by adding a line of tacky glue down the front of your clothespin. Then add buttons onto
the glue. Try not to let the buttons hang over the ends of the clothespin or they won’t be able to
stand up properly.

2. Cut out bat wings from your black cardstock paper. To make my wings I folded by black
cardstock in half and drew half of a wing along the folded edge. Then when I cut it out, I
unfolded my paper and had two full wings.

3. Add a line of glue down the center of your bat wings and glue it onto the back of your
clothespin. Once your glue is dry you can play with your bats.

Idea: These look great (and scary!) hanging from curtains!

3. Bubble Paint Monsters

Bubble Paint Monsters

Made to Be a Momma

Directions:

1. Add about 2 tablespoons of paint into a small plastic cup with 2 tablespoons of dish soap to
each color. Then add 1/2 cup of water to each color. The measurements don’t have to be exact.

2.Once your paint mixture is completely mixed together, carefully blow into the paint to create
bubbles. You know…the kind of bubbles we all blew in our milk and then got scolded about.
This step is not for small children. Make sure your children know how to properly blow into the
straw without accidentally getting the paint mixture in their mouth. If your children are too
little, you can blow the bubbles for them.

3.If you are using a piece of cardstock you can just lay the piece of paper carefully on top of the bubbles.                                  If you use a canvas, pick up the bubbles with a straw and push them around on the
canvas. Be careful not to move the bubbles around too much. You want to be able to get that
pretty bubble look on your art piece.

4. Once your artwork has completely dried, decorate it! We made our little splashes of color
into friendly monsters. Draw legs and arms and add googly eyes or whatever you have in hand.

Idea: Once Halloween is over you can remove the eyes and have year-round, because it looks like a beautiful water color!

4. Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe

Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe

Project Kid

I saved this one for last because it’s my favorite and the easiest!

Materials:

Directions:

1. Wash and dry the pumpkins (if real)

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2. On five of the pumpkins, paint “X” with either white or black paint. On the other five, paint
“O” in the other color. You can paint the stem too if there is one! Allow to dry.

3. With painter’s tape (my favorite is Frog Tape), make a Tic Tac Toe board on the floor/counter and have fun!

Have a spooky time making these with your little goblins!

Vintage Brooch Necklace

Easy DIY Spring Necklace

All dressed up and nowhere to go?  Use the extra time to make an easy, unique necklace to dress up a t-shirt now or wear to a party later this summer. It’s always a good idea to keep looking your best, so you’ll feel your best, even if nothing’s open and there aren’t any events planned (at least for the time being)!

I bet most of us have two things needed to make a necklace in less than 3 minutes: a chain and a brooch (aka pin). Or if you don’t, then your mom, aunt or grandmother has these items. With these two items you can make a necklace in no time flat.

Vintage Brooch Necklace

My favorite vintage brooch, an oversized bright & cheery yellow flower.

Vintage Brooch Necklace

Choose a simple or decorative chain; short or long. There’s no right or wrong!

Simply thread the chain through the pin backing on the brooch. Make certain that the pin itself is locked securely or the brooch could slide off.

Vintage Brooch Necklace

 

Vintage Brooch Necklace

This statement piece is all you need to complete your outfit and inject a little sunshine!

Vintage brooches are easy to find and fairly inexpensive, if you or yours don’t have any in your jewelry box. Check out eBay, Etsy, antique stores, yard sales and flea markets. Options range from bright flowers to chic rhinestones.

Vintage Brooches

Some of my own vintage brooches, collected from both of my grandmothers, eBay & yard sales. I especially like the enamel flowers, and the little green dragonfly always catches my eye. 

Have fun with it! You’re guaranteed to have a necklace that’s one-of-a-kind.

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

My children’s school, Sullins Academy, recently held its annual auction to benefit the school. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser and there was no shortage of work done by the students, teachers and moms. Each class has an art project for the live auction and I was in charge of the 3-year-old class (after all, I do have 3 of the 10 toddlers in the class!).

The goal of the project is to do something creative, have each child participate and sell (you hope) to a parent at a high price! I decided to do a mirror surrounded by handpainted tiles fired in the kiln at our local ceramics studio, Kil’n Time (a big thank you to the owners, who graciously donated all the supplies).

All of the classes had amazing art projects, but I must say I am especially proud of Mrs. Oliver’s class for doing such a wonderful job! Here is the finished mirror (and my reflection, snapping the photo!):

First, I painted a border around the tiles the kids were to paint, along with each child’s name. Then they painted whatever they wanted on the tiles. Mrs. Oliver painted a tile too.

Next, I took pictures of each child (and Mrs. O.), traced them on a tile, and painted a background. Kil’n Time used a special technique to fire the photos in a sepia tone on the tiles. I painted a couple of filler tiles with the school and class name, and voila, we had a finished product that went for $1,200 at the auction! Ok…I must admit that my dad was the one who bought it, but still there were many bidders driving up the price!

I also donated 18 pairs of earrings for the silent auction. Last I checked they were going for around $900, which made me very happy!

I displayed them on this enormous box that almost didn’t fit on the silent auction tables. Covered in turquoise burlap (fun but messy) and leopard ribbon, it has an artsy sphere made out of chicken wire at the top.

Before we put the tiles on the mirror, Jackson helped me paint the frame.

His t-shirt may not have helped the Cowboys win, but Sullins definitely won at the auction!

Anger Management Tree Stump

I’m not quite sure what purpose this tree stump once held. Hundreds of nails have been hammered into its top. They are so far down in the stump they form a top that’s as smooth as satin.

The little stump’s final resting place is now our corporate museum, which means it originally resided on a girls’ college campus. I can only imagine how it came to be: were the girls so angry about something that they took turns hammering nails into the stump? Boys, grades, professors?

Was the project part of an old-school P.E. class (like the modern-day “rage rooms”?) Perhaps would-be suitors drove the nails into the tree while taking out their frustrations on an unrequited love or disdainful house marm.

I suppose we may never know. Until then I think I’ll sit here a while and read my anger management book.

 

Vintage Daffodils

Are there such things as vintage flowers? I’m sure of it. My mom’s mom’s mom (that would be my great-grandmother Ocie!) planted beautiful daffodils around her house decades ago, long before I was born. They’re still blooming there today, even though the house is now gone. She died in 1967, just one month before I was born, so I’d say that’s quite a green thumb.

Even more amazing is the fact that some of the same daffodils were transplanted to my mom’s yard and are thriving (in fact, multiplying). They look so cheery in the photos I took this spring. My uncle David, who now owns my great-grandmother’s property, brought some to my mom years ago. He gave me a few as well and they look bright and colorful. I plan to have him plant even more when we move into our new house.

I’ve always wanted to go to the Nantucket Daffodil Festival, held every April. Apparently over three million daffodils bloom on the island in season. That’s roughly 300 daffodils per resident of the tiny island! The festival’s main event is the parade, during which 100 antique cars are bedecked with daffodils.

As much as I’d love to see those three gazillion daffodils, I think my great-grandmother’s vintage flowers are special enough for a festival of their own.

Personalized Coloring Pages

I just had to share this amazingly innovative and simple project for kids that I found on Tip Junkie the other day. Turn any photo into a sketch for your kids to color!

Simply go to Dumpr, a cool website where you can play all kinds of tricks with your photos. For a coloring page, choose the sketch option.

Then you upload the photo of your choice and within seconds you will have a black and white sketch that’s ready for crayons, markers or paint! I uploaded and printed 15 photos of various family members for our kids to color and I spent a total of 10 minutes from start to finish. I saved all of the sketches in a folder on my computer so I can print them again and again.

Here’s our 3-year-old’s interpretation of mommy and daddy. I don’t know, maybe my eye looks even better in this version. Wouldn’t it be fun to make an entire personalized coloring book to give as a gift at a birthday party?