This fun appetizer will surprise your Halloween party guests. A few simple ingredients make this delicious snack a terrible simple addition to your party table.
24 mini cheese rounds
24 green olive slices
8 black olives
red gel food color
chopstick or skewer
1: Remove the wax casing from the cheeses. Use a paring knife to carefully cut a divot in the center of the cheese that’s approximately the size of a green olive slice
2: Press a green olive slice into the divot firmly, being careful not to damage the olive slice
3: Use a paring knife to make three round slices from each black olive. Place the black olive round in the center of the green olive to make a “pupil.” Tip: For best results, use a chopstick or skewer to push the edges of the black olive inside the green olive’s center.
4: Dip a small paintbrush into the red gel food coloring and paint squiggly lines from the olives outward to give the eyes a bloodshot effect. Six to eight lines per eyeball will provide the best look.
5: Keep cold until ready to serve. Serve alongside fresh veggies and your favorite crackers or pita bread for a healthy Halloween party snack.
Have you fallen into the craze of masons? If you haven’t, here is your craft! It will be fun for kids, and it looks great in your front hall, where guests can buy some Halloween gummy or candy. Maybe abandon Halloween jelly beans. After I bought it, I realized that only half of it would be eaten. Blacks will be eliminated. Does anyone like black beans? ?
Now to Jack-o-lantern’s sparkling pumpkin clay crock.
First you need to paint the mason jar. I applied 3 coats of paint and it didn’t take long to finish, because the mason jar is very small. Choose a pearly orange, it will give you this beautiful, soft, shiny appearance.
Halloween Pumpkin Candy Jar After the pearl orange coating is complete, apply some shiny orange paint.
Let it dry. Once all the primers are dry, the final touch-up is to add your jack-o-lantern Face. Make them as stupid or traditional as you like! You have it: a sparkling pumpkin clay crock. Sparkling Halloween Pumpkin Jar Did you make any crafts for Halloween?
This super cute kids craft is perfect for fall! Learn how to make an apple printed banner that’s perfect for autumn!
Banner pieces – I cut 7″x10″ triangles from heavyweight paper, but pieces of burlap, fabric scraps or even drop cloths would also work great!
An apple – choose one with a nice shape!
(Optional) Sharpie marker and glitter glue for additional embellishing
Slice the apple cleanly in half to make two stamps. Pour a small amount of paint on to the paper plate. Dip the flat side of the apple into the paint and stamp on to the banner piece. Easy as [apple] pie!
Add Sharpie seeds and glitter glue stems if desired, and allow to dry. Punch holes in the corners of the banner pieces and tie together with twine.
You could also thread all of the banner pieces on to one long length of twine, but I like the extra character that all of those little knots and strings give to the banner.
Hang and enjoy! I love it when my boys’ artwork and projects can take center stage in my seasonal decorating arrangements!
This simple Sugar Skull makeup and DIY headband are one of the ultimate solutions to a last-minute Halloween or fancy dress costume! Pair with an outfit you already own and you have a complete DIY sugar skull costume in under half an hour total!
The simple Sugar Skull look has become our go-to last-minute Halloween costume for our girls, who love the chance to have makeup on… even if it is spooky sugar skull make up! Find out how to make your own floral headband and be ready in a flash.
How To DIY A Simple Sugar Skull Costume
If you want to keep your costume budget low, or you simply get caught at last minute without a costume for Halloween or a fancy dress party, this costume is a perfect mix of feminine and spooky.
And easy to DIY!
All you need is some makeup – red lipstick and black eyeliner will do the job if you want to keep it really easy! A plain headband and some fabric or paper flowers. And an outfit from your wardrobe!
You don’t need to have any fancy makeup artist skills either. Because I certainly don’t, yet my girls love this costume more than any other.
The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a special holiday in Mexico, where families welcome the souls of their deceased relatives back for 3 days of celebration between 31 October and 2 November each year.
DIY Flower Headband
To make your DIY Day of the Dead floral headband, all you need is a plain headband – We used some we already had at home, but you can also pick up a packet of headbands for a couple of dollars.
And you need some flowers in the colour of your choice.
I had these large fabric flowers from making baby headbands many years ago. Smaller fabric flowers look just as good, such as little rosebuds. But any flowers will do!
Red, pink, orange, white and purple are all popular choices.
Using a hot glue gun, glue your flowers in place on your headband.
It is ready to go once it is dry, however, I did also add felt circles to the underside of the headband as well. This ensures a firmer hold and helps avoid any scratchy, annoying hot glue patches against the head.
DIY Simple Sugar Skull Makeup
It took me around 5 to 7 minutes each to do my daughters faces with their Day of the Dead makeup looks. We used a few images from Pinterest for inspiration, but kept it really simple, without a lot of detail.
I used an eyeliner pencil for the black details – the stitched lips, rings around the eyes and the nose details. If you have a liquid eyeliner, this will likely work better.
Our eyeliner pencil was not ideal as it didn’t fit the sharpener I had, hence the very basic details. A liquid eyeliner, or a nice sharp point, will allow you to do a lot more and still keep it simple and quick.
We used red lipliner pencil to ensure the red stayed bold, with red or pink lipstick over the top.
This time it was pink eyeshadow and blush with some silver sparkle liquid eyeliner to add some bling. Actual stick on bling works perfectly for this too!
In an earlier costume below, I have also used the red lipstick around the eyes.
What Clothes To Wear For A Girl’s Sugar Skull Costume
For an outfit, plain black works fine. Or add some splashes of colour with floral prints.
A dress is a great option or an off the shoulder shirt with a bold pattern skirt gives off pretty Day of the Dead vibes.
This time round ours was a school dress-up day, so we stuck with clothes the kids could still play in. Well… for my eldest. My youngest was a Rapunzel sugar skull!
DIY Sugar Skull Costume Supplies
If you want to only partially DIY your easy sugar skulls makeup and costume, or you need to stock up on some supplies, here are some essentials to help you out:
Plain satin headbands
Sugar skull temporary face tattoos – if you’d rather skip the makeup entirely!
Headband with veil
Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull Costumes
If you don’t have the time for a DIY Day of the Dead costume, or you want to mix and match, these are some of the best picks for ready-made costumes to buy:
Girl’s Skeleton Day of the Dead costume
Men’s’ Day of the Dead suit costume
Senorita Dia De Los Muertos costume
Girls deluxe skeleton costume
This is a fun costume idea for when you are in a hurry! It works just as well for men too, with a little masculine skeleton makeup, paired with a black suit or black pants and a white shirt.
And like I said, you don’t need to have any special makeup skills to make it look effective… a few smudges here and there are all part of the Halloween spookiness!
Kids love to decorate for parties, and setting the table is one of the most important jobs on Thanksgiving! Handcrafted napkin rings are the perfect final touch to add unique adornment to your holiday table. This craft is suitable for all ages with adult supervision; older children will be able to complete this project with minimal assistance.
You Will Need:
Cardboard Tubes (toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, gift wrap, etc.), cut into 1 ½” sections.
Felt, fabric, ribbon or twine to cover your cardboard tubes
Embellishments to decorate your napkin rings – felt, leaves, buttons, beads, faux flowers
Craft glue or a hot glue gun (with adult supervision)
Binder clips or paper clips (optional)
This craft comes together in two simple steps:
1) Cover your tube sections with your choice of materials. We used the items listed above, but paper, colored tape or paint would also work well. Binder clips or paper clips are handy for holding ends and edges while your glue dries.
2) Embellish your napkin rings to match your Thanksgiving table. Heavier items may need to be glued on with a hot glue gun or stronger adhesive. Insert your napkins, and you’re ready to show off your personalized holiday decorations!
With these lovely child-made napkin rings on my Thanksgiving table, I’ll be reminded of how grateful I am to have the opportunity to share my love of creativity with my children and for the special moments we’ve spent laughing and crafting together!