PINECONE CHRISTMAS TREES

PINECONE CHRISTMAS TREES

Today the girls collected a bag of pine cones to make Christmas trees to hand out on Christmas to family members. First we painted them green and added glitter. Forgot to take pictures, it was a bit messy, but we did it outside!

 

Then I just mixed up a bucket of plater of paris and plopped a glob for each tree and let my daughter stick the trees in the “snow”

 

 

 

Plaster is so easy to use, just mix water and stir in a disposable container and it dried very quicky! We did it on wax paper. They were dry in about 20 minutes and ready to decorate. The tree sticks right it perfectly! It is inexpensive and dries nicely like snow!

 

We cut old necklaces to make the ornaments
They glued the ornaments on with Tacky Glue

 

 

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!!
And a very Merry Christmas!!
…And here’s the cutest little 4 day old Santa you have ever seen from my newborn shoot Friday! I don’t think you will need to leave him any cookies, he’s pretty ridiculously sweet!!!
How to Make a Fun Black Cat Craft for Halloween

How to Make a Fun Black Cat Craft for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, kids can learn how to make a fun paper bobble head black cat craft. This easy DIY kitty craft includes a free pattern, making it perfect for home or school. 

HOW TO MAKE A FUN BLACK CAT CRAFT FOR HALLOWEEN

Since the time of the Puritans, black cats have been a popular symbol of Halloween. Long ago, people believed that black cats could shift into human form to act as spies for witches. In many cultures, black cats are a symbol of good (and sometimes bad) luck.

Pair this easy family-friendly Halloween craft with Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting or Five Black Cats by Patricia Hegarty for an afternoon full of Halloween fun!

 

Easy and Fun Black Cat Craft for Kids

TO MAKE THIS BLACK CAT CRAFT YOU WILL NEED

  • Free printable cat template
  • White card stock
  • Black construction paper
  • Pink construction paper
  • Rotary paper cutter or scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • White colored pencil
  • Wiggly eyes or sticker eyes
  • White school glue or double sided tape
  • Crayons (optional)

Learn how to Make a Paper Black Cat Craft

DIRECTIONS FOR BLACK CAT CRAFT

1. Print the free template on card stock, cut out the shapes, then use a white colored pencil to lightly trace the shapes onto black construction paper.

The printable has 2 sets of cat patterns.

Paper Bobble Head Black Cat In-Process

2. Fold the ends of the long, thick paper strip towards the middle as pictured below. Glue or tape the 2 flaps together to create a 3D half circle shape.

Paper Bobble Head Black Cat In-Process

3. Trace the small petal shapes onto pink construction paper. Trace the larger petal shapes onto black construction paper. Glue the pink petals to the black petals to create ears for your cat.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

4. Glue the ears to the back of the cat’s head (the heart-shaped piece). Use a single hole punch to create a circle for the cat’s nose, then glue it to head. Use a white colored pencil and sticker eyes to create a face for your cat.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

6. Glue the cat’s tail (the short strip with the curved end) to the back of the cat’s body. Fold the last strip like an accordion. Snip off the excess, leaving about 4 folds.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

7. Glue the cat’s head to the accordion fold paper strip, then glue the accordion fold to the front of the cat’s body.

Black Cat Craft for Halloween

Isn’t it cute? If you tap their little heads, they bobble up and down. Perfect for Halloween or for any child who loves cats!

KID-MADE BLACK CAT CRAFT SAMPLES

My kids chose to color their cat templates instead of tracing them onto construction paper. Both of them did a great job and enjoyed playing with their cats afterward.

If you do this craft with a group of kids, I recommend preparing the templates in advance. Tracing, cutting, and folding are great fine motor activities for kids!

Kid-Made Paper Bobble Head Black Cat Craft

 

 

How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

Maybe it’s a little cliché (OK, a lot cliché) to cut holes in a sheet and have your kiddo trick-or-treat as a ghost. But you know what they say, if it ain’t broke…OK, it’s easier said than done to keep the holes where they’re supposed to be and make a functional costume this way! Luckily, Super Mom Hacks has you covered. (Or more like your kid covered…in a sheet!)

 

When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make a ghost costume?

Then Kimmie decided she’d be a ghost, too. Bonus! Make a ghost costume times two. How lucky am I? Can’t get any simpler than that. Two white bedsheets, here we come.

1. Acquire white fabric

Our corner of Suburbia U.S.A. has not one, but two thrift stores within a mile of our house. My mission one September morning, after getting girls off to school: Find two white sheets.

character-themed-sheets

Of course I found every color of sheet except plain white. I suspect a cartoon-character-printed ghost costume isn’t going to cut it.

thrift-store-fabric-bolts

But even better, I found an entire bolt of white fabric! Since it was Half-Off Day, $7.50 later (surely the $15 original price means there’s plenty of fabric for two ghost costumes, right?) I was on my way. That was almost too easy.

 

2. Consider logistical challenges

One reason I like lots of lead time for making costumes is so I can stick them on the mental back burner, until I figure out a good way to accomplish the desired effect.

But the more I pondered the bedsheet-with-two-eye-holes-cut-out scenario, the more I realized it was going to be harder to make a ghost costume than I’d imagined.

Think about it: How do you know where to cut the eye holes? And once you’ve got them cut, how do you get them to stay in place on the kiddo’s head while the kid is walking around?

 

3. Do some research

So I began hunting online for instructions on how to make a ghost costume. This site has the best step-by-step directions I found for Ye Olde Basic Sheet-Based Ghost Costume That Won’t Fall Off. (The secret is attaching a light-colored hat inside the head part of the sheet; the hat is what holds the costume in place and keeps the holes where they belong.)

By now it was mid-September. Figuring I had this problem solved, I stashed the bolt of fabric in a closet.

But I still needed to find white hats. I briefly contemplated crocheting some with bulky white yarn while waiting in school drop-off and pick-up lines. Instead, I found a couple of pastel plaid fleece caps at the tail end of this fall’s Baby Consignment Sale event. Cost: about 25 cents each. Score again!

fleece hats

I also stumbled across some black cheesecloth at Secondhand Crafting Supply Store. One of the websites I’d consulted on how to make a ghost costume suggested sewing black mesh behind the eye holes, so that the costume gives the appearance of black holes without having to paint big black circles around one’s eyes.

black-cheesecloth

To me, sewing on black mesh sounds way easier than trying to apply (and then remove) eye-area black grease paint on a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Even though the bundle contained lots more fabric than I needed, at $2.25 it was still a bargain.

1. Make time, collect goods

With three weekends remaining until October 31, I decided I’d better make the costumes already. So Sunday afternoon I cleared off the dining-room table and gathered my supplies, including some narrow white elastic; I figured I’d add some wrist straps to help hold the fabric in place. Then I cut the tape off the bolt of fabric, and unrolled it to see how much fabric I had.

supplies-to-make-a-ghost-costume

My 54-inch-wide bolt of fabric contained approximately two yards (72 inches). That’s it.

Enough to make a ghost costume, but not enough to make two ghost costumes.

2. Make first attempt anyway

But this was my Chunk Of Time To Make A Ghost Costume x2, darn it! So I folded the hunk of fabric in quarters, marked the center, and hunted down Essie, who was playing in the living room.

First attempt: too much fabric for Essie's costume
First attempt: too much fabric for Essie’s costume

Turns out, the optimal fabric size for a 40-inch-tall child’s ghost costume is less than [54 inches x 72 inches]. At its current size, the fabric would definitely drag on the ground at the corners. Yes, I could just trim off the corners – but in theory, good uber-thrifty type that I am, I’m going to repurpose each costume into linings for baskets or tote bags or something. So the less I cut the fabric, the better.

Next I hunted down Kimmie, who was in the basement indulging in Screen Hypnosis. She was not happy to have her Mulan/Mulan II binge-watching marathon interrupted by being asked to stand up and having a piece of opaque white fabric draped over her eyes.

But good news: the rectangle in question works much better on a 48-inch-tall child than a 40-inch-tall one.

Given the girls’ level of engrossment in their various activities and my own inertia, I decided that investing the rest of the afternoon in a trip to the nearest fabric store was not the best choice. So I packed everything away and got out a piece of paper.

3. Do some math

Next thing I know, I’m sketching out rectangles of fabric and trying to remember the Pythagorean Theorem (you know, the formula used to figure out the long side of a right triangle) so I can figure out how much fabric I need to make Essie’s costume.

ghost-costume-calculations

Several calculations later, I had a rough sense of what to aim for. (In case you’re curious: for a 40-inch-tall child, I figured I’d need either 1.75 yards of 45-inch-wide fabric, or 1.25 yards of 54-inch-wide fabric.)

1. Acquire more fabric

First stop after preschool drop-off on Monday: the thrift store a half-mile from home. They had several bundles of white fabric for a few dollars each. But the bundles were all taped up, the store doesn’t allow returns, and they also don’t generally allow you to un-tape bundled items before you buy them.

Second attempt: too long in front and back, not long enough on the sides.
Second attempt: too long in front and back, too short on the sides.

I convinced a salesperson to make an exception under the circumstances. After opening several bundles, I found one that looked workable. It even came with already-somewhat-uneven edges.

Brought the piece home to find it’s actually about 40 inches x 80 inches – not really wide enough, and too long. Cutting off some of the length and adding it onto the sides seems a better bet than having a big seam right down the middle of the thing, but still…

Guess I’ll be hauling out the sewing machine after all. I actually love to sew; I find it soothing and relaxing. But finding the unencumbered time in which to do it, without staying up half the night, is the challenging part.

 

2. Success, at long last

So much for this being a fast-and-easy process. I eventually got Kimmie’s costume done in an afternoon, and Essie’s done the following afternoon.

 

2a. The actual steps to make a ghost costume

The basic steps go like this:

  1. Mark center of fabric. (I did this by folding it into quarters and ironing in creases.)
  2. Put hat on child, center fabric on child’s head, and secure center of fabric to top of child’s head with safety pins. Use additional pins to secure fabric around the edges of the hat.
  3. With hat on child, locate and trace where you want the eye holes and mouth hole to go, using kiddo’s eye sockets and mouth as a guide.tracing-faceholes
  4. Cut out said holes.
  5. Cut mesh (black cheesecloth) to go behind the holes, and secure to the inside of the fabric.
  6. Sew elastic wrist-straps at the side creases to help keep the costume in place.

2b. Final tips and tricks

Kimmie, wearing her finished ghost costume, demonstrates why the wrist straps are especially useful.

  • Putting hat on child/safety-pinning fabric to hat is easier said than done. After that step, tracing and cutting the face holes was easy-peasy.
  • Since I had the sewing machine out anyway, I did a quick zigzag stitch around the edge of the fabric, and a basic satin stitch around the cutouts, to avoid fraying.
  • Easy as it sounds, the satin-stitching around the holes actually proved tricky for Kimmie’s costume. So before I cut the holes in Essie’s, I fused some scraps of stabilizer to the inside of the fabric.
  • I also cut a single piece of cheesecloth, large enough to cover all three holes, and then folded up one corner before folding and stitching a basic hem around the edges. Hemming kept loose threads from tickling the girls’ faces; doubling up one corner made the mouth hole extra-dark, while still maximizing visibility through the eye holes.
  • I used fusible interfacing to attach the cheesecloth to the inside of the ghost costume, rather than trying to sew it on. This both avoided visible stitches on the costume face, and minimized the amount of sewing through hard-to-manage cheesecloth.
  • The girls agreed that adding elastic wrist-straps inside was a useful addition.

Are you making costumes for your kiddos this year? What was your most challenging DIY costume to date (especially if you didn’t peg it as such at the outset)? Let us know in the comments!

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Apple Stamped Banner

Apple Stamped Banner

Apple Stamped Banner – a fun kid craft

This super cute kids craft is perfect for fall! Learn how to make an apple printed banner that’s perfect for autumn!

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You’ll need: 
  • Banner pieces – I cut 7″x10″ triangles from heavyweight paper, but pieces of burlap, fabric scraps or even drop cloths would also work great!
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Twine
  • An apple – choose one with a nice shape!
  • (Optional) Sharpie marker and glitter glue for additional embellishing
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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.
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Hang and enjoy!  I love it when my boys’ artwork and projects can take center stage in my seasonal decorating arrangements!

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Dia de los Muertos Simple Sugar Skull Makeup & DIY Headband

Dia de los Muertos Simple Sugar Skull Makeup & DIY Headband

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.

Dia de los Muertos Simple Sugar Skull Makeup & DIY Headband

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.

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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.

Girls sugar skull make up diy
One of our previous Halloween party quick costumes

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!

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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
  • Fabric flowers
  • 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!

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Scarecrow Paper Craft for Kids

Scarecrow Paper Craft for Kids

It’s fun to celebrate the fall season by doing some crafts with the little ones in your life. This scarecrow paper craft for kids is an adorable piece of art to both create and display. This scarecrow’s face is a made out of a pinwheel. I have given you a tutorial for how to make a paper pinwheel here, and that will come in handy as we move forward.

MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE A SCARECROW PAPER CRAFT FOR KIDS
  • Brown Stock Paper – 3 pieces per scarecrow
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Hot Glue
  • White Glue
  • Large Craft Google Eyes
  • Orange, Yellow, Green or Red Construction Paper
  • Rafia
  • Pipe Cleaner (optional)

HOW TO MAKE A SCARECROW PAPER CRAFT FOR KIDS

Follow the instructions here to create a pinwheel. We cut down our brown 8.5 x 11 paper into a 8.5″ x 8.5″ square. I originally tried to use double stick tape to attach it, but I should have used hot glue as suggested in my original post. The double stick tape did not work well. We also used three folded squares attached together to make it work better.

  • Cut out the free scarecrow hat template found here.
  • Have kids trace the hat template onto a fall paper color of their choice. Cut it out.
  • Cut raffia to the length of scarecrow hair desired. You will only need two little stacks for either side of the hat.
  • Glue down raffia by making a pile of glue on both sides of the pinwheel. You can lay down your hat as a guide to where the hair should go. It will be a mess and glue will be dripping down the cracks. Just know that the white glue will dry and the raffia will stick. You just don’t want to mess with it much.
  • Add glue across the top where the hat should sit. Lay the hat in place. Again, it will stick when glue begins to dry.

  • Glue a ribbon on the hat.
  • Glue google eyes in place.
  • Glue a triangle paper nose to the center.
  • Glue on a mouth. The kids wanted to cut their own mouths out of paper. I used a pipe cleaner to make mine.
  • Let it all dry completely before moving it around much.

You are done with your adorable scarecrow craft for kids. If you need this to dry quicker, you can use hot glue. I also always love glue dots because kids can use them but they adhere quickly. That said, I don’t think these would work easily with the raffia.

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