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Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays. There’s candy, parties, costumes, decorations and lots of thrills; what’s not to love? For us it also marks the start of the holiday season.
So when October comes around we drag out the Halloween decorations, of which we own many, and decorate. Then of course there are costumes to be decided on and to make; this process usually starts before summer ends giving us plenty of time to make them.
Of course the best part of Halloween is trick or treating on Halloween night. The kids, even the teens, look forward to that! But the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on this beloved tradition; a tradition even hurricanes can’t seem to cancel (here in Hawaii when a hurricane or storm threatens to cancel trick or treating the Governor has been known to postpone it until the next day or as soon as the weather clears up. I’m not so sure anyone can postpone Halloween long enough until the pandemic is over. Nor am I sure how many parents are willing to venture out to take the kids trick or treating; or for that matter how many folks are comfortable enough to open their doors to a bunch of trick or treaters.
I’m pretty sure we’ll be keeping the kids home this year. Bummer! But that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating Halloween, we’ll just have to do it differently!
In past years we’ve played a neighborhood game called “You’ve Been Booed”. It’s a great way to share some treats with neighbors, friends, and family. It’s fun too because the object of the game is to deliver the treats anonymously without being seen! Sounds perfect for the current situation! It’s probably a good idea to get together with neighbors and agree to play this game so that it’s not quite as anonymous and everyone will be prepared to receive a basket at their door. You can’t be too careful these days!
Also be sure to get the kids involved! Let them help make treat baskets and deliver them. Our kids really get in to the spirit as they plot out how best to deliver the treat baskets without getting caught! And when they make their deliveries there’s usually so much giggling and whispering it’s amazing they don’t get caught!
To help you and your neighbors play this fun Halloween game our team has created some free printable pages for you to use. Just click on the links at the bottom of this post to download and print the ones you like.
These are the Boo Baskets we made to share. I used my Cricut Maker to make the Layered Boo Letters which I taped together and mounted on a stick. It’s a super cute topper!
The Layered Boo I used is a free cut file from Special Hearts Studio! Just download the file, save it to your computer then upload it to any Cricut or cutting machine the uses SVG files! The letters are cut in layers and you’ll have to glue them together. It’s best to keep a picture of the finished design to help guide you with the layers. BTW you can customize the colors to what ever you want! Click here for the free SVG file from Special Hearts Studio!
I tucked into each basked one of my super cute Halloween Treat Boxes I also made with my Cricut Maker! Another fun Halloween Project. I used the free cut files from Crafting Cheerfully. These cute little boxes are simple to make and if you want to you can also cut out clear plastic squares to place under the box lid for a very professional look! Click here for the free SVG file from Crafting Cheerfully!
But before you start printing here’s how you play the game!
- Print out 2 sets of the You’ve Been Booed sheets – 1 sheet says You’ve Been Booed and has instructions on how to keep the game going; the other sheet says We’ve Been Booed, a sign which those who’ve already received a treat can place on their front door or window to let others know they’ve received a treat. Of course you can still give them a treat if you want to!
- Prepare 2 (or more if you want to) baskets or boxes of treats to be enjoyed by the whole family. Include one set of You’ve Been Booed sheets in the basket.
- Drop off the baskets to your neighbors who haven’t been “Booed” yet, unless of course you want to drop off a basket to more than 2 neighbors regardless if they’ve been booed or not.
That’s it! Easy peasy! So scroll down for our free printable sheets!
Cute Witch Printable click here!
Graveyard Printable click here!
Graveyard Scene Printable click here!
Jack-O-Lanterns Printable click here!
Haunted House Printable click here!
Mummy Printable click here!
Trick or Treaters Printable click here!
Fun Haunted House Printable click here!
Witchy Haunted House printable click here!
Haunted Witch Village printable click here!
Scarecrow printable click here!
Father’s Day is coming up this year it’s on June 21! Make Dad a special gift this year. This decoupage boxed photo coaster set took about an hour an a half to make and was very inexpensive.
The boys had already made gifts for Dad, Grandpa, and Uncles, (Comic Strip Frames & Boxes), but I ran into a sale on wooden boxes at our local craft store that was just too good to pass up and we had lots of Mod Podge, spray paint, and photos left over from other craft projects, so really this project cost a whopping $3 for the box and coaster set. It will make a perfect gift for my husband, it has photos of all the grandkids. I made it just before we went to the blockbuster movie, Jurassic World, it was dry by the time we got home; from start to finish, including drying time in between coats of Mod Podge it took about an hour and a half.
Do ditch the tie this year and give Dad or Grandpa something they’ll love and use! Here’s how!
1 Wooden boxed coaster set – you can get this from most craft stores, they’re very inexpensive, the regular price at our store was $5.99, but we picked it up on sale for $3!
Mod Podge Matte – I prefer to use matte finish when working with photos to reduce the glare
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer Matte Spray
Spray paint – I used red gloss I had left over from another project
Black & White Photos Matte finish
Masking or painter’s tape
1. Cover metal hinges & lock with tape as best as you can.
2. Spray paint box and coaster edges. I found the easiest way to spray the coaster edges was to stack them on top of each other and spray. Don’t worry if you get paint on the coaster itself, the photos will cover them up.
3. Wipe off any paint that seeped on to the hinges and lock if you want to. I started to but decided it wasn’t that bad and actually looked good so I didn’t put too much effort in to wiping off the paint.
4. Let paint dry about 10 – 15 minutes or until it’s no longer tacky to touch.
5. Remove tape from hinges and lock.
6. Place coaster over section of photo you want to glue to the box. Turn it over and trace the coaster on to that section.
7. Cut photo INSIDE the lines you just made – cutting outside or on the line will make it too big. Place photo on to the coaster to check the fit, you may have to trim photo closer to the coaster edge.
8. Repeat step #7 for the other side of the coaster and for both sides of all the coasters.
9. Brush a light coat of Mod Podge Matte on to one side of the coaster and the back side of the photo. Be sure you brush Mod Podge all the way to the edges. Keep brush strokes in the same direction, it looks neater on the finished product. Allow to dry for 5 minutes. while you are waiting for the coaster to dry do the same to the other photos and coasters.
10. Place photo on to the coaster. Adjust photo so it is matched up to the coaster edges. Light press down on photo and smooth out any bubbles.
11. Brush a coat of Mod Podge on the photo from edge to edge. Apply a good amount of Mod Podge, but don’t soak the photo. Repeat with all the coasters. Allow to dry about 10 minutes.
12. Brush 2 – 3 more coats of Mod Podge on coasters allowing them to dry 10 minutes between coats.
13. While waiting for coasters to dry cut out photos you want to glue to the box. Trim photos to fit around the hinges and lock.
14. Repeat steps #9 – 12.
15. Turn dry coasters over and paste photos on them like you did in steps #9 – 12.
16. When coasters and box are dry spray them with 2 coats of the sealer, allowing them to dry 10 – 15 minutes between coats.
17. Let the box and coaster dry for at least an hour before placing coaster in the box. You may have to lightly pry the box top open as some sealer may have lightly glued it together.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, this year it’s Sunday, May 10th. If you usually take mom out for brunch, lunch, or dinner I doubt it’s going to be the same this year. Most of us are still quarantined, whether self imposed or mandated. But really with the COVID-19 virus still running rampant and without a cure or vaccine in sight do you really want to risk mom’s health, and yours, by dining out?
So instead of going out how about giving mom a gift instead? And what better gift to give mom than something made lovingly for her. Here are some really unique ideas that kids can make with just a bit of help from dad, aunties, or older siblings. Moms can make them too for grandmas, friends, and aunties!
And if you’re like me and don’t really want to go out to shop for supplies there are some ideas here that you won’t need to. I’m sure you have some of the supplies right at home, you’ve probably been using them to keep the kids occupied these last couple of months in quarantine. If not, then just get creative and improvise! So go ahead, have fun and get the whole family involved!
This is one of my favorite gifts, my grandson Devon made it for me a few years ago.
His mom, my daughter, helped him make the hand print tree and write the poem. She then had it framed and Devon presented it to me on Mother’s Day. It proudly hangs in our family room.
Here’s the poem, feel free to use it for your projects.
This cute idea from Her Split Ends recycles baby food jars.
Learn how to make it here
Give mom some of these yummy strawberry bath salts by Crafts Unleashed. And Cute Gifts for new moms.
Learn how to make it here!
The Keylor Family made this lovely framed silhouette.
Learn how here!
Cover terracotta flower posts with fabric.
Learn how from Shelterness.
This cute planter recycles tuna cans decorated with clothespins.
Learn how to make it from Family Chic click here!
I love this idea of taking a picture in a frame, my daughter did this with her kids last fall!
This pic was done by Moose Photography, professional photographers and posted by Cool Mom Picks But you can DIY it!
You’ll need the same frame in 3-4 sizes depending on how many generations you want to include. Take a photo of the smallest member, the baby, frame that. Take a photo of the next, mom, holding the framed picture of the baby, frame that.
Continue with each generation, grandma, great-grandma, etc.
Be sure the pictures are all taken using the same background.
This is too cute!
This idea came from Tips from a Typical Mom.
Just take photos of your child in 5 different poses, each pose holding a letter to spell “Mommy”. Mat and from the photos. Easy peasy! Great gift for Moms and Grandmas!
Here’s a unique way to use a picture frame from Making the World Cuter.
Not only is it cute, it will help organize mom’s bathroom or dresser. Learn how to make it click here!
Kids will love to make these fizzy bath bombs and moms will love soaking in them!
Learn how to make them from Playdough to Plato.