I Love Lucy Costume

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You guys. I can’t even tell you how stinking excited I am to share this costume with y’all. When my daughter told me 6 months ago (we like to plan ahead) that she wanted to be Lucille Ball for Halloween, I was thrilled. What a fun costume idea! They don’t make super cute I Love Lucy costumes for kids… and if they do, they are super pricey yet cheap looking. So DIY was a must, but it was actually a really simple costume to put together. Take a look of our version of Lucille Ball in this I Love Lucy costume…

My Luci (yes, that’s my daughter’s name) LOVES Lucille Ball and knows pretty much everything about her. So she is well versed in practicing her facial expressions and silly antics… and of course yelling “Ricky!!” LOL! 

For this costume, I made the apron and the pearl necklace and earring set. I used white fabric, lace, ribbon, and red felt (for the heart!) for the apron. I glued everything together with fabric glue… no sewing! I used white puff paint to mock I Love Lucy like the logo. The necklace I strung together using faux pearls and I made the earrings by gluing two faux pearls to earring studs. We ordered the polka dot dress from Amazon and found the black ballet flats at Walmart, but there are similar shoes on Amazon. The red bandanna is from JoAnn, but you can get it on Amazon as well too.  It’s always easier to order it all online and have it shipped right to your door, in my opinion!

We found a tutorial for her cute hair style online and used a lot of bobby pins and hairspray, but it turned out so cute. We couldn’t find a good wig for kids and we opted not to dye my Luci’s hair, so I think this was a great compromise. 

Plus a little red lipstick… because obviously Lucy wears red lipstick… and your I Love Lucy costume is complete! So fun, right?!

I know y’all don’t have time to make this costume for this Halloween, but PIN IT for later so you can find it easily for future Halloweens. 

Doesn’t she make the perfect Lucy?! We had SO MUCH FUN making this costume… and my daughter totally sells it! Such a ham… I just adore the heck out of her.

Thanks so much for stopping  by friends! Have a fantastic weekend and a Happy Halloween!

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

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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

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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

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

See you next week for some awesome Thanksgiving ideas!

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A Hocus Pocus Halloween

Hello there makers! We love all things Halloween so we thought we’d do a fun round up today! And since our very favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus, we gathered up all of the awesome Hocus Pocus inspired projects, decor, and recipes to share with you! Let’s make this a Hocus Pocus Halloween, shall we?

The Sanderson Sisters are the best! They are the perfect combination of spooky, sassy, and hilarious! I really look forward to watching Hocus Pocus a bazillion times in October… and then quoting the movie for the month also (my family loves me!). I’d have to say my favorite witch is Winny, although I do love all three! 

DIY Hocus Pocus T-shirt

Hocus Pocus Halloween Party

DIY Hocus Pocus Spell Book

Hocus Pocus Throw Pillows

Hocus Pocus Wreath

Hocus Pocus Prints

Hocus Pocus Smores Pops

Hocus Pocus inspired yard sign

Witch’s Brew 

Hocus Pocus Party Prints

Sanderson Sisters Shirts

Hocus Pocus Date Night

Hocus Pocus Day Planner Stickers

Hocus Pocus Coloring Page

Hocus Pocus Cup

Witch Hat Cookies

Hocus Pocus Vinyl Wall Cling

Hocus Pocus Family Costumes

Such creative ideas perfect for Halloween! Do you have a favorite Halloween movie that inspires your holiday decorating, parties, and food choices? I’d love to hear about it!

 

Sugar Skull Craft Ideas

It’s finally October! We are going to spend a couple of our Fridays of this series sharing some fun Halloween crafts. I’m pretty sure that right behind Christmas, Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday to decorate for. And I love scouring the web for fun new ideas. Like these awesome Sugar Skull Craft Ideas…

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I tend to stick to black and white with a little orange and purple thrown in for my Halloween decor. But I have to admit that I love all of the bright colors you usually see with the Day of the Dead decorations! So today I’ve gathered up some sugar skull inspiration for you to incorporate into your Halloween crafting.

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Embroidered Felt Sugar Skulls from Casa Artelexia

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Day of the Dead Planters from Creative Kismet

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Cat Mask from Happy Thought

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Mask Printable from Create Craft Love

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Sugar Skull Rocks from Color Made Happy

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Pinata from Party Delights

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Mr. & Mrs. Dia de los Muertos from The Scrap Shoppe

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Sugar Skull Pom Pom Garland from Paper Source

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Candle Wraps from Lia Griffith

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Dollar Store Skull from The Kim Six Fix

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Day of the Dead Pumpkin – author unknown

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Glow in the Dark Day of the Dead Lanterns from Growing Up Bilingual

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Dia de Muertos Picado Banner from 100 Directions

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Bookmarks from Red Ted Art

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Matryoshka Garland from Happy Thought

 

Don’t you just love all of the color and creativeness??

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Pumpkin Carving Tips

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! It’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here this week with some fun Pumpkin Carving tips!

Every year my family and I have a pumpkin carving competition. It’s one of our favorite traditions! We each pick a design and keep it secret from the others. On carving night we clear a huge space on the living room floor, pop in a movie and all carve our pumpkins, but we don’t let each other see what we’re making. When we’re finished, we have a big reveal and light them up! Then we take photos and post them on Facebook so friends and family can vote. The winner gets to choose a restaurant to go out to eat to celebrate! It’s so much fun and my favorite part of Halloween.

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I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Pumpkin Carving tips and tricks to share with you all, just in time for Halloween!

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Carving the hole: If you carve your hole at the top, make sure you’re cutting at an angle, in towards the center of the pumpkin. This way, the top sits in the hole – if you carve the hole with your knife pointing straigt down, the top falls right into the pumpkin. (which we may or may not have done on occaision). Carving the hole at the bottom is another option.! It makes the pumpkin sit straight and it’s super easy to add a light, you just set the pumpkin over it!

For scooping out seeds: We’ve found that metal spoons work best. In ice cream scoop or large serving spoons are great for this. If you also scoop out some of the sides, this will make carving easier. You can also do some really fun things with partial carving if the pumpkin is thinner. Just scrape away portions of the outside in a design to let the light shine through. It makes for a really pretty effect!

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For cutting: We use the little knives that come in the pumpkin carving kits. They have small blades that work well for carving delicate designs and they’re easy to handle. If you’re wanting to do really advanced designs, a dremel and/or drill work great too!

Everything you need to build the ultimate pumpkin-carving tool set. | thisoldhouse.com:

Fancy Carving Tools from This Old House

Fixing an oops: If you are cutting a delicate part and accidentally cut too far, you can easily add back in the section by connecting the open part with the part you cut off with a toothpick. If you need to, break the toothpick in half for really tiny sections. It works great!

Lighting:

Battery operated tea lights are our favorites! These little tea lights are so inexpensive now and you can even find styles that flicker. They last for a long time and you don’t have to worrry about open flames or the flames blowing out. Easy peasy!

Battery Christmas Lights: Thre are some really fun battery operated Christmas lights now so you could light your pumpkin with different colors, or even flashing lights!

Just for fun: If you use a real candle or tealight to light the pumpkin, sprinkle a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on the inside of the lid. It will smell like a pumpkin pie!

Preserving:

Petroleum Jelly: Rub the open areas of the pumpkin with vaseline or the generic equivalent – this will keep them from drying out quickly.

Photo and more tips from A Real Life Housewife

Soaking: If your pumpkin still gets a little shriveled, soak it in a cold water bath for up to eight hours to help revive it!

Do you carve pumpkins at Halloween? We’d love to hear any tips you have too!

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Tips for Preserving Pumpkins

Welcome to another segment of Must Have Craft Tips and More!

Must Have Craft Tips and More
It’s October, a new month for the series, but Bev, Kara, Allison, and I are stilling bringing you fall-themed tips. You can’t have too many of those right?

Must Have Craft Tips: The BEST Tips for Preserving Pumpkins all fall long
I’ve rounded up some of the best tips from around the web for preserving your pumpkins, whether carved or not, to make them last as long as possible. I don’t know about you, but I’m a complete sucker for decorating with pumpkins in the fall! I love the natural look in my decor.

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We have a wonderful local pumpkin patch that grows all sorts of pumpkins and gourds and allows you to go picking in the patch. This poor wagon from last year didn’t know what hit it after I went hunting for pumpkins! You can see I went a little crazy. I did say I love my pumpkins! And, of course, I want to make them last as long as possible through the season.

I also love to bring some of my pumpkins indoors. I have the Pioneer Woman Cake Stand that I love to dress up for the holidays because, let’s be honest, it’s NOT always full of cake, much to the chagrin of my little boys. But placing live pumpkins and moss under a sealed dome can lead to problems. Moisture builds up and mold sets in. But one of the tricks I’m sharing with you today will keep that moisture away and keep everything under the dome nice and dry!

I give you a brief description of each pumpkin preservation tip, but be sure to click the links on each one to read the tips in full.

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365ish Days of Pinterest
This blogger swears by soaking pumpkins in a bleach bath then giving them a good wipe down with Vaseline to extend their lives.

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Graceful Little Honeybee
A warm bath and a good towel off is what this blogger recommends to stretch pumpkins out for months of decorative use.

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A Real-Life Housewife
There are some great tips here to extend the life of a carved pumpkin, including spraying the inside with a bleach mixture to keep bacteria at bay.

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It’s Great to be Home
Floor cleaner can not only give your gourds a pretty shine, but it can create a layer to keep moisture out of them.

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Creative Cain Cabin
This blogger says after giving your pumpkins a good wash and dry to spray them with a clear spray paint to keep moisture from getting in.

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Family Food Garden
If you grow your own pumpkins, these are some great tips for harvesting, curing, and storing them until you are ready to use them.

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Embracing Homemaking
This is a pretty powerful photo. And, as stated, this blogger tried 7 different methods to preserve her pumpkins and 1 worked like a charm.

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My Science Project
This blogger did all the work for you on testing methods to find out how best to preserve a carved pumpkin by trying 5 different methods, including a white school glue method I had never heard of. Do you think you know which method was best?

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The V Spot
This tip is the one I was hinting at earlier. It is one of my favorite tips for keeping moisture out of my pumpkin displays. But I do recommend keeping the silica in the packets. It will work just as well.

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