Cute Halloween T-Shirts

Cute Halloween T-Shirts

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Holiday T-Shirts are always fun.  I make them for my grandkids for every holiday and occasion.  This year I discovered HTV Iron On transfers and have been having a great time creating fun things for the kids.  Check out my Fall themed aprons and personalized chef toques!

I used svg files from hellosvg.com to make these “So Franken Cute” Transfers.  They’re free and hellosvg.com has many more free downloads for both Cricut and Silhouette cutting machines.  This design comes in a boy and girl monster so you got all the kids covered!

To make these cute Halloween T-Shirts I used my Cricut Maker to cut the vinyl, my Cricut Easy Press 2 to iron the transfers, and of course HTV sheets!

I use either Cricut brand HTV rolls which I can buy online or even Walmart sometimes; or Siser brand which I order from Amazon.

If you don’t have a cutting machine or the easy press you can still make Halloween T-shirts, just print out the design and cut out a template which you can use to trace the transfer on to HTV sheets, just remember to mirror the letters so that they transfer on correctly.  And you can use a regular iron to attach the transfer to the T-shirt, remember to place a layer of parchment paper or a towel between the transfer and the iron!

Happy Crafting!

5 Health Benefits of Hearing Aids

5 Health Benefits of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are not only a solution for those who have hearing loss, but they also have several other health benefits. Due to the positive impact improved hearing has on many people’s lives, it actually boosts their health and longevity. Hearing is important and hearing aids improve quality of life. With better hearing, you are able to have a healthier social life and this helps to boost mental health and wellbeing. Here are five health benefits of hearing aids. 

Hearing aids delay cognitive decline

Many types of hearing aids, including iic hearing aids, have been shown to delay cognitive decline in older people. Hearing loss has been linked to dementia coming earlier, for example, so hearing aids are a way to delay it. The reason for this is that hearing loss makes it more difficult to understand things overall, and puts a strain on your cognitive resources. Loneliness also increases the risk of cognitive decline, and hearing loss could affect your communication.

 Hearing aids improve balance

Hearing aids aren’t only about hearing health, they also help to improve your balance. Balance and ear health are linked so hearing aids can help. This means a reduced risk of falling which could be dangerous or cause more depression, especially in elderly people. This is a common problem which hearing aids can help to prevent. Hearing loss also increases the chance of falling because you aren’t able to sufficiently guard yourself if you can’t hear. Hearing aids not only improve your balance but they also mean better hearing, so you’re more able to protect yourself from falling in general.

Hearing aids improve longevity

Hearing aids have also been linked to life expectancy. Due to the fact that they improve quality of life in general people who are fitted with hearing aids might actually live longer. They are also known to improve mental health which is another reason they might help to increase life expectancy. Hearing aids allow people to socialize more, and live longer and happier lives.

Linked to preventing cardiovascular disease

There have been many connections made between hearing loss and heart disease. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of strokes, heart attacks, and peripheral heart disease. Wearing a hearing aid actually lowers this risk. Cardiovascular issues are more common in older people as well as hearing loss, so hearing aids can be useful as a preventative measure. 

Improved hearing

There are many types of hearing aids but they all are designed to improve hearing. This is of course the main health benefit of hearing aids. Better hearing means you’ll have an improved way of life and will be healthier in general. Hearing loss is linked to many other health issues and hearing aids work as a way to prevent this. Improving hearing means a better social life and communication.

If you think you or anyone you know could benefit from a hearing aid, then contact your doctor. It could be the solution you’re looking for.

Tissue Box Monsters

Tissue Box Monsters

These cute tissue box monsters are a great way to recycle an old tissue paper box! Kids will love designing their own monster. And we love that every tissue box monster can be unique!

This craft is from our new book –Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials If you’re looking for a fun Halloween craft, monster craft or just an easy recycling craft for kids – you have to try to make these tissue box monsters! Kids can paint them and easily glue on the googly eyes, teeth and pom poms.

 

 

Here are the Supplies You’ll Need to Make These Tissue Box Monsters

– Tissue Box – preferably one with a round opening so that it looks more like a mouth but a square opening could work too!

– Colored acrylic paint – we used two different colors, one for the outside of the box and one for the inside

– White acrylic paint

– Googly eyes – extra large ones can be found at Michaels, different sizes work best and small ones are needed for the purple box.

– White cardstock

– Large pom poms

– Black sharpie or marker

– 1 popsicle sticks (optional for the purple monster)

– Craft knife (optional – adults only)

– Glue – hot glue is always going to work best when working with large googly eyes and pom poms, but you can also use an extra-strong glue like this one. Just make sure to let it thoroughly dry and press and hold for the glue to take.

 

And don’t forget to check out our NEW book which has this craft in it! Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials is bursting with easy cardboard crafts for kids like this one. But not only that, it is all recycled crafts for kids too – paper rolls, egg cartons, cardboard, popsicle sticks, jars and more!

Mason Jar Jack-o-lanterns

Mason Jar Jack-o-lanterns

These fun mason jar lanterns are perfect for anyone in the market for a new Halloween decoration. Though they’re easy to make and inexpensive to create, they’ll still rival any trendy decoration you’ll find at your nearest home décor store. Display them on your mantle this season or cluster a few together on a table for a spooky centerpiece at your upcoming Halloween party. Happy haunting!

Mason Jar Jack-o-lanterns

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What you’ll need:

  • Smooth-sided mason jars
  • Black spray paint
  • Scotch tape
  • Tissue paper – orange, green, white, purple
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Black paper
  • Battery-operated tea-light candles

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Paint the lid. Twist off the mason jar lid and turn it upside down. Use scotch tape to secure the top of the lid to the inside of the ring. Flip the lid over and place it on a piece of cardboard; the tape keeps he top circular part of the lid from slipping down,which prevents the lid getting stuck to the cardboard when painted. With smooth strokes, spray black gloss spray paint over the lid, making sure to coat the sides as well as the top. Apply several thin coats, allowing ample drying time between coats.

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Cut the tissue paper. Turn the mason jar on its’ side and lay it on top of an unfolded piece of tissue paper. Cut one whole piece of paper so that it measures the same height of the mason jar using sharp scissors, then cut the tissue paper into 1-2 inch strips. Next, set the mason jar upright on top of an uncut piece of tissue paper and use a pencil to trace the bottom of the jar. Cut out the circle shape following the pencil line.

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Paste the paper. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the jar before applying the circular piece of paper. Smooth the paper working from the center outward until it is sufficiently attached to the glass. Brush a section Mod Podge on the side of the jar that is about the same width as the tissue paper strips. Lay one strip of paper on the glue smoothing out any bubbles or folds as you work. Use light pressure when working with the tissue paper to keep it from tearing. The paper should extend from at least the bottom thread on the top of the jar to the piece of circular paper attached to the bottom. Overlap all other pieces of tissue paper on the jar by covering a small portion of the previously attached paper in Mod Podge. Allow the paper to dry completely.

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Make the faces. Use scissors to cut shapes out of black paper for a jack-o-lantern, ghost, vampire, or Frankenstein face. Not feeling that creative? I used these as a guideline. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the face pieces and press them on the mason jar.

Watch them glow. Pop in your battery-operated tea-light candle and twist on the lid. Don’t worry if the light doesn’t sit upright in the jar, it will still provide a nice, candle-like glow.

Mummy Hand Pies

Mummy Hand Pies

This easy, Halloween-inspired recipe can be made ahead and served later as a scary-good party dessert.

Level: Easy
Total: 55 min
Active: 25 min
Yield: 6 hand pies

Ingredients:

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Kosher salt

 

2 refrigerated pie crusts, thawed if frozen

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 large egg

12 raisins

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

 

  • Add the pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of salt to a medium bowl and stir to combine.

 

  • Roll out 1 pie crust on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to form a rectangle about 9 inches by 12 inches. Square off the crust with a knife, reserving the scraps for decorating. Cut the pie crust into 6 equal rectangles, each about 3 inches by 6 inches. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

 

  • Roll out the other pie crust to the same thickness as the first. Cut into thin strips about 1/4 inch wide and 7 inches long. Repeat with the reserved dough scraps. Transfer the strips to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

 

  • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling to the center of each rectangular crust. Use the back of a spoon to spread out the filling, leaving about a 1/2-inch border around the edges. 

 

  • Lightly beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush the edges of the pies with the egg wash. Layer the strips of dough, varying the angle of each strip to create a “mummy” look. Seal the edges with a fork and use a paring knife to trim the overhang. Lightly brush the tops of the hand pies with the egg wash. Add 2 raisins to each hand pie for the eyes. ‘

 

  • Bake, rotating the pan halfway through for even color, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a baking rack slightly, about 5 minutes. 

 

  • Serve as is or decorate with a simple icing. Combine the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl with 1/2 teaspoon water. Stir until smooth and glossy. Transfer the icing to a resealable plastic bag and snip off the corner. Pipe the icing onto the hand pies using the stripes of pie crust as a guide. Serve.

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Spider Kids Craft

Spider Kids Craft

This easy pom pom spider craft is the perfect fine motor and kids craft activity for Halloween! Not only will kids love putting their spiders together, but they will enjoy playing with them too!

My son LOVED playing with this spider after making it- which is a win for any craft activity. There’s also the benefit of developing fine motor skills from placing the beads on the legs and the eyes on the face. And my toddler just enjoyed threading the beads onto the pipe cleaners.

And I love how fun you make these spiders with different colored pipe cleaner legs and beads! You can even make the spider body (pom pom) colorful too.

And don’t forget to check out our NEW book – Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials is bursting with easy crafts for kids like this one. But not only that, it is all recycled crafts for kids too – paper rolls, egg cartons, cardboard, popsicle sticks, jars and more!

Supplies Needed to Make a Pom Pom Spider

  • Craft Beads
  • Large Black Pom Poms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Tacky Glue

Note: You may also want to use hot glue to keep the pipe cleaners in place. Adults only should glue these on. We also like an extra strong non-toxic glue for gluing with pipe cleaners and pom poms. As long as you give it time to dry it should hold in place without too much handling. Kids can also slightly push the pipe cleaners into the pom pom to hold it in place.

 

Steps to Make a Pom Pom Spider

1. Cut the pipe cleaners into 8 pieces that are the same length

 

2. Put the beads onto the legs. You can make a pattern out of them or just have fun putting on as many or as little as you’d like!

3. At the end of the leg, fold the bottom of the pipe cleaner over to create a small knot so the beads do not fall off. You can fold the pipe cleaner back into the last bead to secure the end.

4. Glue each leg to the body (large black pom pom) with the tacky glue or extra strong kids glue. Note – you may need hot glue to hold it in place for extra-sturdiness.

5. Attach the googly eyes. And you can add as many eyes as you’d like!

6. Let the glue dry. It’s important to give the spider some time to dry. Gluing pom poms and pipe cleaners can be tricky even with extra-strong glue. If you’re having trouble getting it to stay – try using hot glue (adults only).

I hope you enjoy making this fun Halloween spider kids craft as much as we did!