Easy Nancy Drew Costume

Hi y’all! It’s been a busy week on the blog, and I’m back again to share a super simple but fun Halloween costume with you! We had our homeschool Halloween party at the park this morning, so we needed to come up with a fun costume idea that we could easy put together and could be played in easily as well. My daughter (age 9) is super into mastery books right now, so we decided on this easy Nancy Drew costume and it turned out really cute!

We had most of what was needed for the costume on hand and the rest we pieced together using dollar store items. But doesn’t she look so cute as Nancy Drew?! I love it!

This costume is fun because you need props to make it work. You need a longer coat that buttons up or can tie around the waist, a ‘detective’ style hat, sunglasses and a few other fun things…

Nancy Drew carries her TOP SECRET notebook with her to keep track of her clues and solved cases. We found a faux leather notebook at the store and added tape with the words “TOP SECRET” in red.

Nancy Drew also needs a magnifying glass to look at clues more closely. We have magnifying glasses in our science kits, but you can find them at the dollar store as well.

Nancy Drew also needs to dust for finger prints… so be sure to get a small brush (a makeup brush works well or a brush from an excavation kit) for one of the props.

Nancy Drew also needs a map for whatever case she is working on… this also helps her keep track of clues! 

And since Nancy Drew is always working on solving cases, it only makes sense that she was working on one this morning at the park! Nancy Drew and the Case of the Missing Jack-o-Lantern… SOLVED! 

We had so much fun with this costume idea! Do your kids like dressing up as book characters too?

Okay friends, I’ve got one more Halloween costume idea coming at you this week and it’s my favorite one to date! Giddy with excitement is an understatement! 


DIY Sugar Skulls

Hi makers! We are gearing up for our annual homeschool Halloween party tomorrow and we are super excited. My daughter and her friend are in charge of decorating and they decided to go with sugar skulls this year. So we decided to make our very own DIY Sugar Skulls using supplies from the dollar store!

To make your own you will need:

  • plastic skulls
  • faux flowers
  • glitter
  • black Sharpie marker
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • hot glue/gun

Almost all of these items can be purchased at your local Dollar Tree! If you don’t have Mod Podge, you can totally use white liquid glue like Elmer’s.

First this you’re going to do is paint the areas you want glittered with the Mod Podge. 

Then sprinkle the glitter in the areas with glue and allow some dry time. Take a damp paper towel to wipe off any extra glitter.

Next, pull the faux flowers of the stems and trim as needed. Using your hot glue, adhere the flowers in a crown shape at the top of the plastic skull. Repeat until you have the amount of flowers desired.

Last, use your black Sharpie to draw designs on the skull. The key is to be symmetrical… whatever you draw on one side of your skull, be sure to draw it on the other. Lots of curly lines, dots, hearts, flowers, and lace shapes! 

And that’s it! Won’t these look great for the Halloween table centerpieces?! I love how the turned out and my daughter (age 9) did almost all of it herself! We had most of the supplies on hand, so we only spent about $4 on skulls and flowers. It was a fun Halloween project! Let us know if you decide to make any DIY Sugar Skulls!

We’ve still got 2 more Halloween costume ideas coming at you this week! Can’t wait to share them with y’all!

Starbucks Frappuccino Costume

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Hello there Makers! About a month or so ago my best friend’s daughter showed me a picture of what she wanted to be for Halloween this year. Since my best friend gets minor heart palpitations from crafting, I offered to help make it for her and you guys… it turned out so cute! Check out Livi in her DIY Starbucks Frappuccino Costume!

Way too cute, right?! We searched for tutorials on Pinterest and had no luck, so we decided to improvise and figure it out on our own. We took one of Livi’s older white dresses and dyed it this pretty brown color by mixing a dark brown dye and a tan dye. After rinsing and drying the dress, I added a thick piece of green ribbon to the waste with fabric glue. If you wanted to you could also sew it on. Then we printed the Starbucks logo on a piece of iron-on photo paper. We followed the directions on the package and it worked perfectly for this costume.

For the frappuccino’s whip cream, we decided to get a soft white fabric and make an infinity scarf with it. I cut a yard of the fabric in half and hand sewed it end to end in a circle. Then we double wrapped it around her neck. Perfect and comfy! 

The straw portion of the frappuccino costume was super fun to create. We used a white headband, white (thick) felt, brown puff paint, hot glue, green craft paint, and a paper towel tube! I trimmed down the tube and painted it green. I cute out two pieces of the thick, white felt in a curvy shape and hot glued the end of the paper towel tube to the center of one piece of felt. I sandwiched the headband in between the two pieces of felt and hot glued them all together. Then I added a drizzle of “caramel” with the brown puff paint. It turned out SO CUTE!

Miss Liv was very happy with the finished costume, which make my heart soar! So glad we could bring her costume to life for her. The girl’s cannot wait to go trick-or-treating together this year! 

What are your kids dressing up as this year? Do you like to make or buy your costumes?

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Keep your eyes peeled for two more fun kids costumes…. Nancy Drew and I Love Lucy! 


Emoji Jack-o-Lantern Shirts

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Hello makers! I am having so much fun crafting and decorating for Halloween this year! Over the weekend my daughter and her best friend had the cutest idea for Halloween shirts. So of course we had to make them. Check out our DIY Emoji Jack-o-Lantern Shirts!

They are emoji obsessed… are your kids too? I love the way they turned out and they were really easy to make. I designed the image using the Silhouette Design Studio and cut out the image on HTV (heat transfer vinyl) using my Silhouette Cameo. I used orange shirts and black heat transfer vinyl, but you can be as creative as you want!

After weeding the HTV, we placed the image on the shirt where we wanted it…

Put a piece of fabric over the top and ironed it on. You need high heat and lots of pressure when using an iron. 

After the HTV adheres to the shirt, peel off the clear backing.

Now it’s ready to wear!

I love that the girls are matching… such cute besties!

They did a great job making their shirts and had so much fun doing it together! If you’d like to make a few Emoji Jack-o-Lantern Shirts, here’s the free cut file for the Silhouette. Let me know if you make them! The girls will be tickled. 

Have you made any fun Halloween shirts for you or the kids?! We love making our own shirts for various occasions… holidays, birthdays, vacations… just give me a reason and I’ll whip one up!

Thanks for stopping by today… be on the look out for some fun costumes that I made! Can’t wait to share them with y’all! 

DIY Halloween Wreaths

I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner! Hi all – it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here today and I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Spooky and Fun DIY Halloween Wreaths to get your door all ready for trick or treaters!

Let’s check them all out!

Halloween Ribbon Wreath

Halloween Ribbon Wreath... so easy and cute!

Spooky Spiders Halloween Wreath

Spooky Spiders Halloween Wreath - This cute new wreath is all decorated with spiders and flowers - and some peeking little skeleton hands too!

Spiderweb Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Simple and Spooky Bat Wreath


Pumpkin Argyle Wreath

Velvet Halloween Wreath

A black and white wreath is classic for Halloween. Make it striped and made with velvet ribbon and it's downright skeletal looking and has vintage look and feel!

DIY Glam Halloween Wreath

Glam Black and White Halloween Wreath | DIY Halloween Decorations

Easy Witch Hat Wreath

Simple Glam Halloween Wreath

Halloween DIY Wreath – 2 in 1

Halloween: Chic Halloween Wreath Tutorial at the36thavenue.com ... Eek!

Black Cat Wreath

Give your front door or mantel a touch of frightfully furry fun with this easy Black Cat Wreath!

Halloween Berry Wreath

Elegant and classy Berry Halloween Wreath that is made from supplies from the Dollar Store! Inexpensive and will become your favorite holiday decor item!

Spiderweb Halloween Wreath

Witchy Halloween Wreath

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Giant Googly Eye Wreath

This giant googly eye wreath at Positively Splendid is so adorable! And easy to make, too!

Dollar Store Halloween Wreath


Aren’t they all so great?! Which one is your favorite?

See you next week for some awesome Thanksgiving ideas!

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DIY Cleansing Facial Pads

Hello Mine for the Making readers! The Oily Bee here to share more healthy, chemical free goodness with y’all this month.

One thing I can’t stand is washing my face right before bed. Can you relate? The entire process makes me not want to do it, because really I just want to get into bed. Plus, the sink gets all messy, my shirt gets soaked, and I don’t like feel like cleaning the sink right before bed! LIGHT BULB! DIY cleansing facial pads! Yes!

I’ve tried to use the store bought cleansing pads, but I haven’t found one I super like. I also don’t feel like using chemicals on my face. NO THANKS!  So I decided to make my own, chemical free cleansing pads! It’s SUPER easy my friends! Lets get started.

You’ll need:
– 4oz glass container (I got mine at Target at the dollar wheel!)
– Small squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Castile Soap (you can get at any Sprouts or Whole Foods store and Amazon)
– 1 tsp unscented or (MY FAVORITE) rose Witch Hazel
– 8 drops of Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil  
– 2-3 drops of Young Living Manuka Essential Oil  
– 1/4 cup of distilled water
– 15-20 exfoliating cotton rounds (purchased mine at Target)


Mix everything together really well in a glass measuring cup. This makes it easier to pour in your jar after.  Fill your glass jar half way with the cotton rounds and slowly pour half of the mixture on top. Then add the rest of the rounds and continue to pour the rest of the mixture onto them as well. Seal your jar and let it sit for at least one hour before using. You want the mix to really soak into the rounds.

That’s it! Now you can make your own DIY Facial Cleansing Pads in just a few easy steps. No chemicals. No mess. I love the way Frankincense and Manuka work together to make my skin feel clean! And it makes washing your face before bed quick and easy…. perfect for the busy mom!

Until next time friends, stay happy, healthy, and chemical free!

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Recycled Desk Organizer

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Hello Makers! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? It’s almost back-to-school season! And with that being said, I’m all about prepping and preparing so that we have a smooth sailing school year. I am sure to stock up on all the household essentials as well, that way we aren’t running out to the store on busy school days or nights. The other thing I am sure to do is create an organized space for school work. This year my daughter and I made a Recycled Desk Organizer.

I know that my kid is able to accomplish her school work when she has all the supplies needed. It saves a bunch of time and stress when everything is in an organized place where she can access it all easily, rather than running around trying to find where she last put the scissors or the colored pencils. Everything in it’s place! I promise you it will save you a ton of time and hassle. Want to know the cool part? It’s all made out of recycled materials of things that you already need for your home!

Some of my favorite things to stock up on at Walmart of the school year are:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20+4 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Besides being stocked on all the necessities, the bonus to buying some of these products are that they come with double the Box Tops! Now you can give back double!

Are you ready to make a recycled desk organizer for your kids? Let’s do it! 

You will need an empty Kleenex® box and enough left over rolls of Scott® Tissue or you can cut down left over Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls to fill the box. My Kleenex® box fit 10 rolls. If you decide to use Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls, you’ll have to cut them in half (or more) to fit. 

First you’ll want to use a utility blade to carefully cut the top of the Kleenex® box off (adults only for this step!). 

Next, decorate the tops of the Scott® Tissue rolls with washi tape and hot glue them into the box so that they are secure.

Then all you have to do is fill up the rolls with school supplies! We filled ours with crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils, water colors, scissors, and a ruler. 

You can also paint the box and the rolls to create a whole new look! We love this mermaid themed recycled desk organizer. Isn’t it pretty?!

Everything is easily accessible, organized and ready for the new school year!

And with Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is made easier. Even though we homeschool, we have lots of friends who go to public school and will happily take our double Box Tops. 

All these products can be found at your local Walmart, and you’ll be able to give back double purchasing them! It’s a win-win if you ask me! 

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season? I’d love to know! 

Painted Feather Sneakers

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Hello Makers! I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter, especially during the summer. Now that she’s 9, finding her own style and picking out her outfits and doing her own hair are things she’s starting to do more and more. So when she asked me if we could make her some new shoes, I thought it was the perfect craft… especially with back-to-school season coming upon us quickly. New school year usually equals new shoes. Here’s what we came up with…

Didn’t they turn out so cute? They were really easy and fun to make, so I thought we’d share the how to with y’all so you can make some too!

You’ll need:

Using the Platinum 6 and the feather die, cut out vinyl feathers. Yes that’s right… this sweet machine cuts through vinyl and super smoothly too.

My feathers were cut in seconds. Look at those clean cut lines too. 

Peal the back off the vinyl feathers and place them on the sneakers. Smooth out the vinyl and make sure the edges are pressed down really well to prevent bleeding.

Remove shoe laces and then stuff your sneakers with newspaper to prevent painting the inside of the shoe. I also covered the tongues with newspaper to keep them white. Cover the surface with plastic and spray your shoes with the fabric spray paint (found at your local craft store and please read the directions on the bottle before painting). Originally we taped off the plastic soles of the shoes, and as we were painting we changed our minds and pealed the tape. It’s personal preference, really.

Allow dry time between coats of paint and be sure to turn the shoes in all angles so that you can be sure you cover the shoe completely. 

After the fabric paint is completely dry, carefully peal off the vinyl feathers, and remove the newspaper.

I love the bright the white tongue and feather against the teal paint. They really turned out so great.

My daughter loves how they turned out. Although I helped and supervised this project, she was definitely apart of all steps and had so much fun creating her new sneakers. 

Would you like to win a Platinum machine of your very own?! I promise  you that you’ll love everything about it and the projects you can make using it are endless. All you have to do is enter the giveaway form below. Simple, right?! And, if you want even more chances to win, visit the other blogs participating in this giveaway and enter there too! We are giving away 3 Platinum 8.5 Machines!! Woohoo! Plus you’ll get a chance to see what creative idea they came up with using the Platinum machine. The giveaway will close on July 21, 2017, at 11:59PM MST and will be announced shortly after that. Best of luck! 


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Projects for the Beach, Lake or Pool

With summer finally here, that means that it’s time to head to the beach! (At least, that’s what I wish it would mean). While we might not make it to the beach this year, I’m still dreaming of a trip!

I’ve gathered up some of my favorite projects to make for the beach – but a lot of these would be great for trips to the lake or pool too! Here are some fun projects to make up to get you all set for relaxing by the water!

Splash Proof Phone Case

Sewing Pattern for a "Splash Proof" zippered phone pouch. Totally making one of these for summer.

Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag

{BLOGGED}: Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag:

Pom Pom Beach Coverup

15 Minute Picnic or Beach Blanket

DIY Reversible Picnic Blanket

Quick Hooded Towel

Straw Tote Bag

Free Sewing Pattern for a Straw Tote Bag - cute summer beach bag pattern!

DIY Chapstick Holder

DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder....attach to purses, backpacks, keychains, etc. | via Make It and Love It:

DIY Drawstring Bag

DIY Tiki Torches

DIY Tiki Torches - upcycle bottles into portable mosquito repellents!

Retro Beach Umbrellas

The cutest DIY retro beach umbrella for under $100 by Sugar and Cloth! - houston blogger - summer

Simple Beach Cover up

swim cover up

Seashell Collection Bag

Create a small seashell bag for collecting shells down by the seashore. ;) FREE SVG file!

DIY Lounge Cabana

Water Bottle Carrier

Carry-It-All Tote

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So many fun ideas right? I’m ready to get crafting!

Make sure you come back next week – Kara will have tons of great tips, diy’s and food and more for your outdoor BBQ’s!

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Easy DIY Cactus Sign

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Hi makers! As you probably know, I am a fan of all things cactus and succulent because I’m an Arizona girl. I’ve shared several cactus and succulent projects, and I’m not stopping now! I made this easy DIY cactus sign and I just love the way it turned out, don’t you?

I love the bright colors and the rustic look, don’t you? It also looks as if I painted all of the cacti onto the wood… but I didn’t! It’s paper! I know… crazy cool, right?

It really is easy to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need:

*You can cut out your heart and trapezoid pieces yourself, or you can buy the precut at your local Michael’s. 

You are going to use your Platinum 6, succulent die, and green felt to cut out your succulent. Watch this video if you need more help. I cut out 2 and double layered the felt so that the succulent was extra full.

Using your hot gun, glue the felt pieces together and set the succulent aside. 

Paint the Mod Podge onto the wooden heart. 

Lay cactus scrapbook paper onto the Mod Podge and smooth out. I use my smoothing tool, but you can use a credit card or your hand.

Using your razor blade, cut the excess paper off around the edges of the heart. My wooden heart had grooves on the front, making it look like slates of wood. I cut those out too.

Go around the edges of your heart with a sanding block (after Mod Podge is dry) to smooth out the paper on the edges. 

Then wrap twine around the wooden pot (or trapezoid) and hot glue it to the heart.

Grab that cute, felt succulent you set to the side and hot glue it onto the wooden heart too.

Hang it on your wall with some twine and done! Doesn’t it look so cute?! I just adore it!

What have you been working on lately? Do you love the cactus trend as much as I do? If so, you’ll have to check out the Cactus Purse I made my daughter…

And this fun felt succulent wreath

Or possibly this simple desert party

Have a great weekend!