Clever, Printable, Free School Valentines

Happy New Year, everyone! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here with the first Must Have Craft Tips of 2017!

This month we are turning our focus towards Valentine’s Day. There are so many fun aspects of this holiday of love: kid crafts, decorations, artwork, and any number of DIY projects. And, of course, Valentines!

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
My boys love trading Valentines with their friends at school. In fact, I think that all of the children (and their parents) do since each year my little guys receive more and more clever, crafty Valentines from their friends! And, of course, we pass them out, too. I have gathered several CLEVER, PRINTABLE, and FREE school Valentines you can send along with your kids to school on February 14th!

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Pokémon Valentines from Tattered & Inked

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Cookie Cutter Valentines from The Scrap Shoppe

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Tic Tac Toe Valentines from Nest of Posies

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Watercolor Valentines from A Glimpse Inside

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Mustache Valentines from Mine for the Making

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Valentine Coloring Bookmarks from I Should be Mopping the Floor

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Star Wars Valentines from The Idea Room

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Battlefield Valentines from Love and Marriage

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Emoji Valentines from Landeelu

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Homemade Glitter Chalk Valentines from The Scrap Shoppe

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Kool-Aid Valentines from My Name is Snickerdoodle

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Kiss & Hug Valentines from Mine for the Making

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Paper Fortune Cookie Valentines from Evermine

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Pink Eraser Valentines from Paging Supermom

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Cutie Valentines from It’s Always Autumn

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
LEGO Valentines from The Scrap Shoppe

These School Valentines are free to print and oh so clever!
Glow Stick Valentines from Little Bins for Little Hands

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Rudolph Pencils

Hello there makers! I have a quick and easy Christmas craft that the kids will love! They make great little gifts to pass out in class, to your teammates, and to your friends. Today I am going to show you how to make Rudolph Pencils!

In a few easy steps with a minimal supplies, you can make these adorable pencils for under $5. 

You will need:

  • Christmas pencils
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • red mini pom poms
  • mini googley eyes
  • small gold bells
  • glue gun and glue sticks (or craft glue for the little ones)

To make the pencils, just watch the video where I show you how to make a Rudolph Pencil in under a minute. 


 

First, slide the gold bell half way down a brown pipe cleaner. Then twist the pipe cleaner to the pencil, making sure it’s tight. Accordion fold both ends of the pipe cleaner and then stretch out a bit. Hot glue the mini red pom pom to the bell and the googley eyes above the bell, onto the pencil. DONE! It’s that easy. Repeat until you finish your pencil pack and then pass them out to your friends for Christmas.

If you like these Rudolph Pencils, you’ll probably like the printable Build a Snowman game and the Candy Cane Ornaments for kids too!

I hope y’all have a great weekend. Happy Christmas crafting!

Christmas Traditions for the Family

Welcome to another edition of Must Have Craft Tips and More! Allison here once again to bring you more great Christmas tips… like Christmas traditions for the family!
 
My fellow hostesses have shared lots of fabulous Christmas tips this month so just in case you have missed them you can check them out here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.Today, I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas traditions you can do with your family to create loads of memories for everyone!

I rounded up 3 different ideas that are sure to make your Christmas more special for you and your family.

To begin, I will start with the classic advent calendar.

LEGO Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls // Family Fun Advent Calendar from Simply Sara // Advent Calendar Paper Chain from Activities for Kids //  Reindeer Balloon Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street  // Reverse Advent Calendar from Mum in the Mad House

 Advent Calendars are a fun way to help build up the excitement of Christmas for the whole family but they don’t always have to be the normal, open something and get candy, type of calendar.
Think outside the box. Do something special as a family. Do something special for others in your community. Have fun! Be together! Enjoy the reason of the season! 

 
I love the idea of doing a random acts of kindness advent calendar. This Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you along to know just what to do to help out and bring joy to others.
 

I totally love this idea and I have been wanting to start it but we are still working on our Christmas book collection but this Christmas Book Advent Calendar from Simple as That
is a something that I know my girls would love. Wrap the books up all fun, put a number on each and let one child pick out the book each night, gather together as a family and read the book.

And how about this Christmas Tradition Countdown from Create Craft Love?! 
You can print this one out or create one that works for your family but you don’t have to go over the top to have quality family time that is meaningful and you can do it along with counting down to one of the most popular holidays!

 
To go along with those advent calendar, it’s the season to spend time as a family and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Kids have off from school, hopefully you have a few days off work, so why not slow down from your fast paced life and enjoy each other for a change!
This time of year, make new traditions with family and friends!
Play games, get creative, bake delicious treats, watch movies, and just have fun together!
Everyone enjoys checking out all those gorgeous Christmas lights throughout the town so why not make a fun game out of it?! Check out this Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt from Mine for the Making  and when you go out to check out those lights, see what you can find!

Have a family craft night!
Every year my little family has a holiday craft night. We pick out a few fun and easy crafts that we can all do together and spend the evening getting creative. My girls love it and we have so much fun seeing what we each come up with.
Every year, going back to when my husband and I were still dating, we make ornaments by putting acrylic paint into clear ornaments so that tradition has continued now that we have kids. Last year we also created some fun paper plate trees and the girls got to decorate their own plates with Sharpie paint pens as well.

 

 If you have little ones that still love the magic of Santa why not make it extra special on Christmas Eve by creating a fun plate for those delicious cookies that Santa will be thrilled to see when he drops off those presents?

This Cookie Plate for Santa from Mine for the Making is created using vinyl and then this Santa plate from A Glimpse Inside was created with Sharpie paint pens and then baked in the oven.Both can be used for years to come!

 

Lastly, little ones love trees! 
They get so excited to help decorate the tree so why not make a fun tradition by giving them their own mini tree inside their rooms that are all for them. They get to decorate it any way they want, again and again if they are like my girls, and they can admire their own tree for the whole season!

 

 
My last tradition is make Christmas morning breakfast special! 
 
Start the morning with a delicious breakfast but why not make it fun!? 
Create Christmas related shapes with your food and show off your holiday spirit in a fun, unique way! 
Start with a whole meal like with the Santa pancakes or create those Reindeer Donuts for something quick to eat before opening presents and before you larger meal is ready.
 
I love these Reindeer Pancakes from 365ish Days of Pinterest and I want to make my husband, who is the pancake maker in our house, create this for us this year. Who wouldn’t love to see this on their plate Christmas morning?

 How about these super fun Christmas Tree Waffles from Crustabakes? These are so quick and easy too if you have a waffle maker which gives you more time to spend time with a family.

 

How about making a wreath like this Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring from Jo Cooks stuffed full of all sorts of deliciousness?
I want this for breakfast this year too!

 

There you have it!
I hope you create some new traditions with your families this year and enjoy special time together.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Be sure to join us next month when we share a whole new topic full of tips!


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DIY Emoji Plushies

Hello there makers! I hope y’all had a fantastic Halloween with your friends and family. If you follow Mine for the Making on Instagram or Facebook, then you saw all of the fun we had! But now that Halloween is over, we are busy getting ready for the next holidays. We love to make a lot of the gifts we give for Christmas and right now my daughter and her friends are super into emojis. And to be honest with you, so am I! LOL! So today we are going to (finally) share our DIY Emoji Plushies with you.

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My daughter (8) loves to craft and create, so she came up with the idea of turning her favorite emojis into plushies! These would make great Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and even party favors. 

Our plushies are about 5 inches but you can make them as big or as small as you want. Also, because this is a kids’ craft, there’s no sewing involved, however you are welcome to adjust the tutorial to your liking and skill level. 

You will need:

  • felt (yellow, red, black, etc.)
  • puff paint (white, black, red, blue, etc.)
  • cotton/stuffing
  • scissors
  • Sharpie or marker
  • circle to trace
  • pictures of emojis
  • hot glue gun + glue

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First you want to trace out 2 circles per emoji on yellow felt. I used a bowl to trace and my sharp scissors to cut them out. 

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Using your marker, carefully draw an emoji face on one of the two circles. Then trace over it with puff paint OR you can cut pieces out of felt and hot glue them onto the yellow circle.

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Next you are going to hot glue the two circles together, but be sure to put the face of the emoji against the other yellow circle so that you don’t see it. You will be gluing the emoji face inside out. Also be sure that you leave a small opening without glue so that once your glue dries, you can flip it right side out.

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Once you have flipped your emoji plush right side out, stuff cotton or stuffing into the opening. Put as much as you want inside…the fluffier the better! Then carefully close up the opening with more hot glue.

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And that’s it! Super fun craft that I’m sure all kids would love! We made 5 of our favorite emojis so far…

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Are you or your kids crazy about emojis too? Which are your favorites?

Let us know if you make your own DIY Emoji Plushies! We’d love to see pictures of them!

DIY Makers Camp for Kids

Hello there makers! It’s been a HOT summer here in Arizona and I’ve been having fun finding things for us to do to not only keep us busy but keep us cool. When I found out about Pinspiration’s DIY Makers Camp for Kids, I knew that my daughter would LOVE to attend.

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The summer camp is a week long for 3 hours a day and each day the kids are creating something new.

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Lots of active participation and engagement in a studio full of craft and art supplies. Talk about the perfect place to let your kids creative juices flow!

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A few of the projects my daughter made and came home with were: a teepee, an art caddy, a magnetic dancing doll, shaving cream art, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a painted tile.

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Each day/week the projects change, so you can register your children for multiple weeks if you want! And we loved the camp teachers… they were so sweet and helpful and patient with all of the kids.

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They also listened to a story, did science experiments, colored, painted, played games, and made new friends.

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Have you been to Pinspiration yet? It’s a DIY, art and craft studio that has rotational, Pinterest-inspired crafts and projects. I tell you about the top 3 reasons you should visit Pinspiration HERE and we also had a Back To School Party at Pinspiration last year that you can check out HERE.

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Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Snapchat (@mineforthemakin) so you can catch the behind the scenes of all the fun things we do! Here’s our Facebook Live of our first day at camp at Pinspiration in case you missed it!

 


 

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DIY Adventure Frame

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Hello there and happy Monday friends! Our school year is getting ready to start up so I thought it would be fun if my daughter and I recapped all of the fun things we’ve done so far this summer. We’ve explored our state and have gone on new hikes and adventures, which is probably both of our favorites. To remember what a fun summer we’ve had, we made a DIY Adventure Frame and she picked out her favorite picture from our adventures to put inside.

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This frame was a really fun craft and something that you can make with and for your kids. Please be advised that children under 14 should have adult supervision and assistance with this craft. You will need a few supplies to get started…

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Once you have gathered your supplies, lay some newspaper down and paint your frame.

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Then, following the directions of the Prizm, get your plates, die cuts, and paper set up.

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Stack them like a sandwich and feed the plates into the Prizm. Use the crank to carefully slide them through the machine. Pull the plates out on the opposite side.

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Use the Tool N One to help poke out the paper from the die cuts. The Prizm cuts so nicely!

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Once the paint on your wooden frame is dry, Mod Podge the paper pieces on to your frame and let dry. Then go over the entire frame with one coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Allow 10-12 hours of dry time.

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Finally, pick out and print a picture to put inside of your frame.

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Now you have a wonderful memory to look back on in a cute DIY Adventure Frame. I bet you have a couple of summer adventures worth framing!

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I love the look of the aqua against the map scrapbook paper, don’t you? My daughter was super happy with how her frame turned out and rightfully so. It’s adorable.

 

What kinds of adventures have you gone on this summer and how do you record those memories?

 

 

Tips for Sewing with Kids

Hello there and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips- hosted by Michele of The Scrap Shoppe, Bev of Flamingo Toes, Allison of A Glimpse Inside, and me (Kara of Mine for the Making). Every week we share a fun and different tip or trick and this month it’s all about sewing! This week I am sharing Tips for Sewing with Kids… what a great summer activity to get your kids involved in!

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Tip #1 Gather and use the correct sewing tools. Before setting your child down to learn to sew, be sure you have all the necessary sewing tools. It’s also a good idea to talk about the names of the tools and what they are used for. Here are 10 sewing tools/supplies you’ll need to get started.

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Tip #2 Utilized hand sewing cards. There are so many of these free printables online and they are easy to make yourself too. This is a great hand-on activity that is also great for fine motor skills. You can even utilize this activity while on a road trip, airplane, or camping!

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Tip #3 Learn the machine. If your child will be sewing using a sewing machine, it’s important to teach about the parts of the machine and how to safely use and operate it. This will eliminate future problems and create a much easier learning environment.

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Tip #4 Sewing Camp! Create a sewing camp for your kid(s) or if you aren’t well versed in sewing, seek out and find a sewing camp or class that your kid(s) can take. They will be able to participate and get a hands-on learning experience with other kids who are learning the same skills.

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Tip #5 Practice!! Practice makes progress. There are tons of beginner project ideas for sewing by hand and sewing with a machine. Utilize Pinterest and blogs for great ideas and free patterns.

sewingwithkids4 I hope you find these tips for sewing with kids useful! Be sure to click on the links within the post to get further information, ideas, and freebies related to sewing with kids. Do you have any tips not mentioned?

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Let us know if there’s any topics of interest you might have, and we’d love to gather up tips and tricks for you! Have a great weekend friends!

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Personal Breakfast Pizzas

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We all know that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. And lots of times I am lacking ideas for breakfast, so it results in cereal or protein bars because they are easy go-tos. Lately I’ve decided to up my breakfast game, especially during summer break. (Do kids get hungry during summer break, or is it just mine?) I love finding ways to get my daughter to try new things, and often times if I allow her to help prepare or make the food, she’s bound to try and often times like what she’s made. Enter in Personal Breakfast Pizzas. 

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Don’t they look deliciously cute?! We had so much fun making them the other day that I am certain this will be a regular occurrence for breakfast and afternoon snacks. You only need a few ingredients…

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  • Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Bagels
  • English Muffins
  • Fresh Fruit

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First you want to clean and prep your fruit. We chose berries and kiwi for our personal breakfast pizzas. I had my daughter wash all of the fruit and I cut up the strawberries and kiwi in thin slices.

breakfast pizzas3 Next I had my daughter toast the bagels and the English muffins.

 

breakfast pizzas4 Then we smeared on the cream cheese. I love Weight Watchers Cream Cheese because it’s delicious and made with real, all natural cheese.

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Then we got creative with our personal breakfast pizzas. We have a patriotic pizza, a ‘watermelon’ pizza, and two faces. We had so much fun making them and boy did they taste good…

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The combination of the toasted bread, whipped cream cheese, and fruit was perfection. It was kid and mom approved, so I highly recommend that you try out personal breakfast pizzas in your home.

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Find all of the ingredients, including Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese, at your local Kroger store. Make sure you let us know what you think!

 

Three Cheap Ways to Make Birthdays Special

Hi there makers! I cannot believe we are already into April! This year has been flying by so far. We’ve been busy with holidays, church events, traveling, work, and a very important birthday. My daughter turned 8 years old at the end of March and it was such a fun time. I love birthdays and I love making them special, so I thought I would share Three Cheap Ways to Make Birthdays Special for your kids. Don’t get me wrong… I love to go all out for birthday celebrations too. But there are a few things you can do that won’t break your bank and will still make the day super special for your kiddo.

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So… what can you do to make the day a little more special than normal, but not spend a ton of money? It’s actually pretty easy!

  1. Surprise bedroom decorating!

This is so fun and I usually do it right after the birthday kiddo falls asleep. I decorate the bedroom door with a handmade sign and blow up a bunch of balloons to put all over the bedroom floor. Sometimes I even hang streamers from the bedroom door. It’s the first thing your birthday babe will wake up to and they will LOVE it! It’s a tradition to do this every year now and it’s something my daughter always looks forward to.

eightisgreat-6             2. Donut Cake!

We are more of a donut family than we are a cake family, so this works perfectly for us! Plus, turning it into a cake and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the morning before you start your day is just plain COOL! It’s so easy… just stack up the donuts and stick in some candles!

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The candle is from Walmart and the cake bunting was on clearance at Target. Donuts are from a local donut shop!

           3. Birthday meal at a restaurant.

Going out to eat together as a family is always a special occasion for us because it’s not something we do super often. Going out to a restaurant for a birthday celebration is always extra special when you go to restaurants or dining places that offer special deals and meals for the birthday person. Some offer free meals, free drinks, and even free dessert! Here’s a LIST of restaurants that offer freebies for birthdays.

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We had so much fun with our birthday girl and making her day extra special. After the above festivities, we ventured to the dollar theater to find a good movie  (Star Wars!) and then to the American Girl store so my girl could get her very first AG doll. Later on, her daddy gave her a special birthday photo shoot… perks to being a photographer’s kid! Here are a few pictures from her shoot that I just adore! I’m such a lucky momma.

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What special things do you do for your kids on their birthdays? I’d love to hear about your traditions in the comments!

Graveyard Pudding

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Hello and Happy Monday, makers! It’s the week of Halloween and we are busy getting our homeschool co-op party on, heading to the pumpkin patch, painting and carving pumpkins, and even making some fun Halloween treats! Today, I am sharing how my daughter and I made spooky Graveyard Pudding! It’s so easy and so fun for the kids to participate in.

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Cute with a side of spooky, right? There’s only a few things you will need to make Graveyard Pudding and it all can be purchased at your local Walmart along with all of your other Halloween essentials.

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Pick yourself up some Super Snack Packs (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Chocolate Vanilla combo), OREOS, HONEY MAID Graham Crackers, baking gel, and any other Halloween candy you’d like to add.

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First, you want to smash one OREO per Super Snack Pack. You can do this in a baggie or right on your cutting board. The kids love this step.

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Next, open your choice of Super Snack Pack and sprinkle the crushed OREO on top. This represents the soil in the graveyard.

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Break off one rectangle of the HONEY MAID Graham Crackers and use the gel to carefully write RIP at the top. This will represent the tombstone.

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Stick your edible tombstone into the pudding and place any other Halloween candy you’d like on your Graveyard Pudding.

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For the finishing touch, we added a homemade cupcake liner to the bottom of the Super Snack Pack cups. I used a creepy looking fence download from the Silhouette online store and some black and white card stock and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out. Now it’s time to cue the spooky music and grab a spoon, don’t you think?!

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We had so much fun making these fun snacks together. Snack Packs give you that childhood nostalgia, wouldn’t you agree? It’s definitely a recipe we will continue to use each year. Yay for fun family traditions!

Not only is this Halloween treat great for an after school snack, but this would be great to make on a play date, with a co-op group, or for a classroom or holiday party!

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All you need to do to make your own Graveyard Pudding is head to your local Walmart to pick up the supplies. It is literally my Halloween go-to store…. from costumes to decor to treats, they have you covered. While you are there getting your Graveyard Pudding ingredients, be sure to keep an eye out for the “Buy 14.3oz OREOs get $1 off Super Snack Pack Pudding” coupon.

What are your favorite spooky treats to make for Halloween? Tell us in the comments!