Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Halloween is fast approaching, decking out your home in ghostly glory is half the fun.  Who says you have to break your budget to have an awesome Halloween display.  With a little creativity, items you probably already have at home,  and a quick trip to the dollar store you too can have some ghoulish fun to fit any budget. Here are some awesome Halloween Decor made from dollar store finds!

Take a trip to the Dollar Store for some witches hats and other gruesome stuff for this Halloween Decor.

Floating witch’s hats, like these from brooklynlimestone.com , creepy crawly spiders, spooky skeletons, and bloody hands are no problem.  With a bit of fishing line, some tape, black paper, twigs, paint, and some imagination your “haunted” house is sure to get raves from friends and family.

 

Here’s another cheap Halloween Decor idea using dollar store spiders!

Have plastic spiders crawl on doors and walls.  To see more creepy ideas check out my blog about decorating with glow sticks.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to make this plastic tablecloth wreath from Mother’s Niche.

I’m sure you’ll find plastic table cloths at the dollar store to make this wreath part of your Halloween decor.  It will definitely set the mood!

 

 

 

 

Spooky door by mylitter.com 

This Halloween Decor is a bit more elaborate than a wreath, but it’s pretty awesome!

 

 

 

 

More spooky ideas from brooklynllimestone.com

 

 

 

 

All this Halloween decor can be found at the dollar store!

 

 

 

canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.ca has some cool ideas.  Check it out!

You can make all this Halloween decor with just one trip to the dollar store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

It’s Fall!  That means Halloween is coming soon.  I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas.  I’ve always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween.  It’s such a fun holiday for kids and adults.  I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids!  And when we’re not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch’s caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway.  Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish props; we even set up a fog machine that spews fog all the way up the long driveway.  The neighborhood kids love it!

But in our family Halloween isn’t just celebrated on the last day of October.  We celebrate it all month long!  We start decorating at the end of September, play the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed”, make Halloween related crafts, go to a haunted house or two, throw a Halloween Party, and dress the kids in Halloween T-Shirts in the week leading up to Halloween.  Yes, it’s a month long celebration of spooky fun things!

This year I re-discovered the ease of iron-on transfers for DIY T-Shirts.  It was perfect timing.  Now that I’ve made Birthday Shirts for Jett and the twins, they have September birthdays, it’s time to turn my attention to Halloween. Since iron-on transfers are my current obsession why not combine it with my Halloween crafts.  So I’ve been busy designing and ironing on all sorts of ghouls, monsters, and Halloween stuff to just about everything I can think of.

One of my favorite projects are these Halloween T-Shirts.  They’re fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make.  Sure beats paying top dollar for Halloween T-Shirts the kids will only wear for a day or two.  In fact they’re cheap enough to make several Halloween T-Shirts for each kid, so he or she will have one to wear everyday leading up to October 31.

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halloween t-shirtsI’d considered making appliques tees, but decided against it.  I didn’t want to invest too much time making shirts that they’d only wear for a day or so; they’re sure to have outgrown them by the time Halloween rolls around next year.  That’s why iron-on transfer are perfect for this project!

You iron on anything you want on the t-shirts.  I made the Halloween Hello Kitty, and the witches’ feet for Harper, and the monster and jack-o-lantern for her twin brother, Sadi, and cousin Jett.

I even added their names to make their Halloween T-Shirts extra special. That’s what I love most about DIY T-Shirts, you can personalize them for free!  The letters fit on the same transfer sheet as the image, no waste!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween T-Shirts for the children in your life.  They’ll love them!

Supplies:

T-shirt – They don’t have to be the best quality, remember they’ll only be used a few times.  I found the colored shirts on clearance at Walmart this summer.  They cost $2 each.  The white ones are actually Hanes undershirts, you can pick up a pack of 5 for less than $10 depending on the size.  In a pinch you can use any unprinted shirts you have at home.

Iron On Transfer Paper – There are several brands to choose from.  I use Avery Iron On Transfers; they’re available for dark and light colored material. When choosing which transfer paper to buy consider the color of the t-shirt.  For white and very light colors use the transfer sheets for light colored material; for dark colors use the dark colored transfer sheets.  Read my article on how to use iron on transfers for more details.  For my projects I used both types of transfer sheets.

Computer –  You can design your Halloween T-Shirt on the online software of the company who makes the transfer sheets or you can upload images from from phone or online photo sharing sites. Be respectful of copyrights, not all images on the internet are free.  You can find many images from sites like stockphoto.com, some are free others are not.  If you’re looking for some cool fonts check out dafont.com, they have lots of free fonts you can download and install on to your computer.

Printer – Once you’ve designed your shirt you’ll have to print it on the transfer paper.  Read my how to article for printing tips.

Scissors or craft knife

Iron – be sure it’s not on the steam setting

Hard Surface – NOT and ironing board.  I iron on my counter which I cover with a fabric remnant used only for this purpose.

Parchment Paper – most transfer paper comes with sheets of parchment paper for ironing on the transfer.  If yours doesn’t the parchment paper you have in the kitchen works just as well.

Directions:

Wash and dry t-shirt before you begin.  DO NOT use fabric softener.

Iron wrinkles out of the shirt and let cool completely before placing transfers on them.

Halloween T-shirtsDesign and print your transfer

Cut out images and letters they way you want to.  I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut my transfers, but if you don’t have an electric die cut machine you can use scissors or a craft knife to cut and trim your transfers.

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If you’re using dark color transfer sheets peel off the paper backing.

If you’re using light color transfer sheets DO NOT peel off  paper backing.

 

halloween t-shirtsPosition transfer on the cooled t-shirt.

For this shirt I used dark color transfer sheets so I peeled off the paper backing before I positioned it on the shirt.

It’s important the shirt is cool, otherwise the transfer will start to stick on and you won’t be able to re-position it without making a big mess!

I positioned the image and the letters on the shirt before I started ironing.

When I had everything placed the way I wanted I carefully placed a sheet of parchment paper on the entire transfer.  Be careful when you place the parchment paper on, make sure the edges of the transfer are flat on the t-shirt.  Otherwise the transfer will be wrinkled or its edges curled up after ironing.

halloween t-shirtsOnce you’ve done all that follow the manufacturer’s instructions; iron setting/temperature and time you need to press the iron on the transfer.

Be sure the iron is heated to the required temperature before you begin.

Starting on one end of the transfer press the iron firmly down on the shirt for the required time.  Do not more the iron around.  Apply as much pressure on the iron as you can to be sure that the heat goes thru the transfer.

Repeat this process until you’ve ironed the entire transfer.

Let the shirt cool completely before carefully peeling off the parchment paper (dark color transfers) or the paper backing (light color transfers).

If the transfer edges lift off the shirt replace the parchment paper or the paper backing and iron again.  NEVER place iron directly on the transfer.  You’ll  end up with a shriveled up mess.  Trust me on this!

When you’ve peeled off the parchment paper or backing you’re Halloween T-Shirt is ready to wear!

Halloween t-shirts

Have fun creating Halloween T-Shirts for your friends and family this year!  They make awesome favors for your Halloween party!

I’d love to see the designs you come up with.  Please share them with us!


Crocheted Solar System Crib Mobile

Crocheted Solar System Crib Mobile

My youngest daughter is having her second child any day now.  I’m here at her house in Vicenza, Italy, waiting for baby’s birth.  You might say I’m on baby watch.  Anyway for her layette my daughter decided on a planetary or solar system theme.  We ordered the crib set from Crate & Barrel complete with crib sheets, blanket, and changing pad cover.  To complete the look I made her a crocheted solar system crib mobile.

You might be wondering how one goes about crocheting a solar system crib mobile.  It’s really simple!  After all what are the integral parts of a solar system crib mobile?  Why planets of course!  And definitely a sun in the center.  So what are planets?  They nothing but balls of varying sizes and colors.

 

 

solar system crib mobileThat’s right think of that 6th. grade science project when you made a model of the solar system using styrofoam balls!  In my case I made crocheted balls in colors to match the planets and varied the sizes, you know Jupiter represented by the largest red ball, the earth in blue and green, and so on.  Of course the sun was yellow!  By the way this was a great way to use yarn scraps from other projects.  This mobile didn’t cost me more than the price of the hoop which was about $1.50 at Walmart.

Ok I didn’t make ALL the planets, just Jupiter, Saturn (with a crocheted ring tacked to the center of the ball), Earth, Pluto, and Venus.  But feel free to add as many of the planets as you want.

To make the balls I used this wonderful free pattern I found on Craftsy.  It gives directions on how to crochet 5 different sized balls and if you need a larger ball just follow the increase pattern and add as many rounds as you want.

https://www.craftsy.com/crocheting/article/how-to-crochet-a-ball/

After I made all the planets I attached them with yarn to the inside ring of a wooden embroidery hoop.  The planets obviously hang down and to hang the solar system crib mobile on the ceiling I attached 4 equal lengths of yarn to the hoop and tied the tops together in the center and folded it the tips over to form a loop.  Pretty much just follow the pictures, it’s pretty much self explanatory.

So here’s what you’ll need to make your own solar system crib mobile:

Yarn – you can use any color you want.  I used Yellow, red, blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white.

1 inner hoop of embroidery hoop set – you can use either the wooden ones or the plastic

Pattern from Craftsy click here!

 

Hope you love this idea!  Share your solar system crib mobile pictures, we’d love to see them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Homemade Slime – 4 Ingredients – No Borax involved!

Easy Homemade Slime – 4 Ingredients – No Borax involved!

homemade slimeThe dog days of summer are upon us and we’re home with the kids wondering how to keep them busy.  Listening to kids complain about how bored they are, or worse yet seeing them spend half the day playing video games is making me crazy. I know I’m just about ready for school to start again and for football practice to begin.  So I decided it was time for some homemade slime!

Kids of all ages love homemade slime, even my grandson’s ever complaining friend Chase!  They think that making homemade slime is super cool.

There are quite a few different recipes for homemade slime, some of them requiring borax.  There’s even a recipe for glow in the dark slime and glittery slime.  But my grandson Devon opted for just good old fashioned slime so the recipe we used is super simple.

Our homemade slime recipe has just 4 ingredients and borax isn’t one of them.  Actually the 4th. ingredient is optional if you don’t what colored slime.  And I’m pretty sure you have at least 2 of the other 3 ingredients, or all of them if you wear contact lenses.

So without further ado here’s our super simple recipe!

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Supplies:

1/2 cup Elmer’s Clear or White Glue (If you are going to color your slime use the clear glue for a more vibrant color.  The white glue results in sort of a creamy colored slime)

1 Tbs. Contact Lens Solution

1/2 Tbs. Baking Soda

Food color in color of your choice

Directions:

  1.  Pour glue into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add baking soda and mix
  3. Add food color and mix.  You can add more food color until you get the color you want.  Just remember to mix it well.
  4. Add Contact Lens Solution and mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix.
  5. Remove from bowl and knead to get the right consistency.  If it’s too sticky add 1/4 tbs. more of the lens solution.
  6. Store in a sealed plastic container when not using.

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

crocheted jellyfishAs you may know by know my youngest daughter will be having her second child this summer and she’s kept me busy with all sorts of baby projects.  She’s been searching the internet for all sorts of cute and adorable things that I can make.  One of our favorites are these adorable crocheted jellyfish.

 

They’re very easy to make, beginners will catch on real quick!  And those curly tentacles, well think of them as free form crochet, you can make them as long as you want and as straight or curly as you want.

 

crocheted jellyfishI found the pattern for these adorable crocheted jellyfish online and I just had to share.  Of course I added my own touch by crocheting the ruffled fringe at the bottom.

The pattern I used is from One Dog Woof blog.  It was so nice of them to share!  You can use the online version for free or if you prefer you can purchase the ad free version from their Etsy or Craftsy stores.  Click here to see the online version of  the pattern.  To purchase just click on the links on their site, it should take you directly to their Etsy or Crafsy stores.

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crocheted jellyfishAs you can see I couldn’t stop at just one crocheted jellyfish, I made 5!

I used 5 colors of Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn.   This yarn comes in a variety of colors.  The ones I used are Strawberry, Grape, Mint, Blueberry, and Lemon Meringue.  They’re all variegated and you end up with a lovey combination of colors.

I used a 6mm hook but you can use whatever size you like to get the correct gauge.  Better yet experiment with different hooks and get variety of crocheted jellyfish in different sizes!

I also added the ruffle you see at the bottom edge of each crocheted jellyfish.  This is definitely optional, they look just as cute without.

If you want to add the ruffle just do this after you attach the bottom to the stuffed head:

*sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc in first stitch, sl st in next* Repeat all the way around ending with a sl st in the last stitch.  Fasten off and weave ends in.

Other than the changes I just mentioned I followed the pattern from One Dog Woof to the tee!

Click here for the pattern!

Love these adorable crocheted jellyfish? Check out the crocheted octopus pattern I shared!

 

 

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Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

star warsHere we go again.  Just in time for summer vacation Disney is releasing the newest Star Wars movie.  This one’s called Han Solo – A Star Wars Story.

Just like Roque One released two summers ago this movie is not part of the original Star Wars saga.  Instead it’s a stand alone story designed to eventually tie all the movies together by filling in the background for characters and events brought to life in one of the movies starting with the very first Star Wars classic now called the New Hope or episode 4.  Long story and actually even debatable as to which order the first 6 movies should be viewed.  I’m not going to even get into that debate.  I’m a Star Wars fan pretty much but I’d hardly call myself a hardcore fanatic.

star warsRegardless what order one chooses to view the Star Wars saga I know that this latest addition will stir up interest in all things Star Wars yet again.  Just like how The Last Jedi stirred up interest in the later part of last year when it was released during the holiday season.

So to give you a heads up here are a few Star Wars related crafts that should keep the kids busy for a while.  So go ahead take them to see Han Solo and gather your craft supplies and let them get creative.   I know I’ll be taking the grandkids to see the movie and we’ll probably end up making some of the crafty things I’ve posted here!

By the way Star Wars aren’t just for kids, adults love them too!  I’ll be posting some crafting ideas and even recipes that are Star Wars related in the coming weeks so check out my posts this may get interesting!  If you can’t wait check out my round up of Star Wars  free crochet patterns!

star warsChewbacca Hand Puppet

Since the movie is clearly about Han Solo it’s only fitting that the first craft the kids make is this cute Chewbacca Hand Puppet.

A Grande Life gives you step by step instructions on how to make them out of brown paper bags!

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star warsStar Wars Magnets

I just love these Star Wars Magnets by the Rural Mom!

They seem pretty easy to make, they look super cool, and they’re practical!

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star warsStained Glass BB-8

BB-8 is the adorable little drone we met in The Force Awakens.  He’s become a favorite with kids and adults alike!

Here’s a frugal craft featuring this beloved character by Raising Whasians!

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star warsYoda Puppet

Yoda is timeless.  Who doesn’t love this sometimes silly little green man with the pointy ears?  Learn how to make this super easy Yoda puppet from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

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star warsSponge Printed Death Star

A round up of Star Wars crafts wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t make a Death Star.  Gotta have a Death Star!

Here’s a cool one from Crafts on Sea!

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star warsLight Sabers

You know it’s all about the light sabers!  Here are 3 different crafts that make some sort of light saber.

Play Trains will show you how to make these super cute mini light sabers for your plush Star Wars critters to hold.  The kids can play with them too!

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star warsThe mini light sabers a bit too small for you?  Or you’d prefer something a bit more educational.  How about these Light Saber Sensory Bottles by Little Bins for Little Hands?

They look super cool.  I’ sure the kids will love them!

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star warsStill want something useful?  How about these Light Saber Popsicle Holder by Celebrating with the Bug?

 

Still looking for more Star Wars related crafts?  Check out my round up of Star Wars crafts for the Family.

Keep an eye out for more Star Wars crafts and even recipes!  I’ll be sharing some soon!

 

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