DIY Fall Kids' Crafts

Looking for some fun crafts to do with the kids over Thanksgiving break? We've got you covered! Psst...a few of these double as your Thanksgiving decorations. 

GLITTERED LEAVES

The kids will be thrilled to help with the Thanksgiving table. Arrange around the table's centerpiece for an especially festive look! (via House of Jade Interiors)

WOODLAND ANIMAL MASKS

Use the printout template from illistyle to create adorable felt or construction paper animal masks! Great for sending photos to grandma. 

Image via  illistyle

Image via illistyle

HANDMADE OWL ORNAMENTS

The kids will love making and hanging their own ornaments when it comes time to put up the tree. They can make several to give as gifts, too! (via Paging Fun Mums)

Image via  Paging Fun Mums

Image via Paging Fun Mums

AUTUMN LUMINARIAS

Via Martha Stewart, kids will love gathering leaves, spraying the paint, and watching their decorations come to life! 

Image via  Martha Stewart

Image via Martha Stewart

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE PLAYDOUGH

This just sounds amazing. Kids can craft and sculpt after they help make the playdough! (via Small + Friendly)

Image via  Small + Friendly

Happy crafting!
-Amanda

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner. To get your home goblin and ghost ready, we culled the internet for a few home decor options to increase your house's spooky without breaking the bank. With a few appetizers and cocktail recipes on the list, being prepared for this All Hallow's Eve is a no-brainer!

Walking into Spiderwebs

Image via  How About Orange   For the procrastinator in all of us, these quick and simple  spiderwebs  bring a classic Halloween touch to any room - tons of time or dollars  NOT  required. Just literally grab a black trash bag, a pair of scissors and some tape. Get cutting and hang. Similar to snowflakes during winter, grab the kids and put them to work! These spiderwebs make quite the splash in the foyer or above a picture window.

Image via How About Orange

For the procrastinator in all of us, these quick and simple spiderwebs bring a classic Halloween touch to any room - tons of time or dollars NOT required. Just literally grab a black trash bag, a pair of scissors and some tape. Get cutting and hang. Similar to snowflakes during winter, grab the kids and put them to work! These spiderwebs make quite the splash in the foyer or above a picture window.

Image via  How About Orange

Spooky Ghost Jugs

Image via  Eighteen 25   Another quick and easy addition you can get the kids involved with are these  spooky Halloween ghosts  aka milk gallons dressed up with a sharpie! A great use for those extra jugs you have lying in the recycling bin, line your driveway or entryway with these luminaries for a ghostly evening glow.

Image via Eighteen 25

Another quick and easy addition you can get the kids involved with are these spooky Halloween ghosts aka milk gallons dressed up with a sharpie! A great use for those extra jugs you have lying in the recycling bin, line your driveway or entryway with these luminaries for a ghostly evening glow.

Image via  Eighteen 25

Image via Eighteen 25

The Black Beard Cocktail

Image via  Honestly Yum   Dubbed The Black Beard by creator Todd for Honestly Yum, this  devilishly dark-hued drink  is the epitome of mystery when it comes to party beverages. It only gets more intriguing when you realize the black color comes from squid ink but don't worry, only an 1/8 of a teaspoon! When mixed with spiced rum and creme de cacao as well as a chocolate stout, this sweet and viscous libation is sure to turn heads at your next Halloween party.

Image via Honestly Yum

Dubbed The Black Beard by creator Todd for Honestly Yum, this devilishly dark-hued drink is the epitome of mystery when it comes to party beverages. It only gets more intriguing when you realize the black color comes from squid ink but don't worry, only an 1/8 of a teaspoon! When mixed with spiced rum and creme de cacao as well as a chocolate stout, this sweet and viscous libation is sure to turn heads at your next Halloween party.

Image via  Honestly Yum  

Image via Honestly Yum 

Pumpkin Party Cooler

Image via  Martha Stewart   While Jack O' Lanterns are the standard accent piece for this holiday, why not outfit a pumpkin for a  new task ? As an ice bucket or snack bowl, just carve a a pumpkin hollow, grab a clear plastic bowl and fill with ice or treats as desired. Easy enough but also the perfect table addition or centerpiece necessity. 

Image via Martha Stewart

While Jack O' Lanterns are the standard accent piece for this holiday, why not outfit a pumpkin for a new task? As an ice bucket or snack bowl, just carve a a pumpkin hollow, grab a clear plastic bowl and fill with ice or treats as desired. Easy enough but also the perfect table addition or centerpiece necessity. 

Jalapeño You Business

Image via  The Hopeless Housewife   Not only are these  jalapeño party snacks  the perfect quick bite but they are just the right amount of cute and creepy to have your guests coming back for more! Allow only 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, these poppers are best served warm and straight off the pan. A little touch of savory goes a long way on one of the sweetest holidays around.

Image via The Hopeless Housewife

Not only are these jalapeño party snacks the perfect quick bite but they are just the right amount of cute and creepy to have your guests coming back for more! Allow only 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, these poppers are best served warm and straight off the pan. A little touch of savory goes a long way on one of the sweetest holidays around.

Ghost Face

Image via  Hipsters Tea Party   Everyone loves a good ghost story on Halloween, so why not invite a decapitated, floating head to your next soirée? This quick and easy  DIY craft  calls for cheesecloth, a styrofoam head and some spray starch. Measure, fold and spray, voilá, you've conjured a floating ghost. Quite spooky when placed in an unexpected space i.e. the bathroom or closet if you are feeling devilish, or in the entryway to greet your guests as they arrive. Either way, this easy homemade touch is sure to get people screaming, or at least, talking. 

Image via Hipsters Tea Party

Everyone loves a good ghost story on Halloween, so why not invite a decapitated, floating head to your next soirée? This quick and easy DIY craft calls for cheesecloth, a styrofoam head and some spray starch. Measure, fold and spray, voilá, you've conjured a floating ghost. Quite spooky when placed in an unexpected space i.e. the bathroom or closet if you are feeling devilish, or in the entryway to greet your guests as they arrive. Either way, this easy homemade touch is sure to get people screaming, or at least, talking. 

Image via  Hipsters Tea Party

Witch's Broom

Image via   Sprinkle Bakes   Not only are these  teeny brooms  cute but they are edible too. With a step by step how-to, these brooms are more than attainable and really, the hardest part is picking the dipping sauce. We agree with the author of Sprinkle Bakes though: guacamole's vibrant hue is most desirable and with these salty pretzels, this appetizer is sure to hit your guest's sweet spot.

Image via  Sprinkle Bakes

Not only are these teeny brooms cute but they are edible too. With a step by step how-to, these brooms are more than attainable and really, the hardest part is picking the dipping sauce. We agree with the author of Sprinkle Bakes though: guacamole's vibrant hue is most desirable and with these salty pretzels, this appetizer is sure to hit your guest's sweet spot.

Image via  Sprinkle Bakes

Image via Sprinkle Bakes

Halloween Sangria Time

Image via  The Seasoned Mom    For the annual Halloween Punch, why not try a brooding  red wine sangria ? Though the recipe calls for Casillero del Diablo a.k.a. The Devil's Cellar, any red wine will do. If you prefer sweet, go for a fruitier red. Want your sangria to have a little more bite, try a drier wine style. No matter what, this sangria is sure to get the party started!

Image via The Seasoned Mom 

For the annual Halloween Punch, why not try a brooding red wine sangria? Though the recipe calls for Casillero del Diablo a.k.a. The Devil's Cellar, any red wine will do. If you prefer sweet, go for a fruitier red. Want your sangria to have a little more bite, try a drier wine style. No matter what, this sangria is sure to get the party started!

Image via  The Seasoned Mom

Hope you have a perfectly spooky Halloween and, as always, please drink responsibly! 

Cheers, 

KCH

Painted Pumpkins

These adorable painted and collaged pumpkins are a great alternative to traditional carved pumpkins.  Using simple craft materials, magic can happen! This is a great family friendly project that any age can enjoy. Scroll to the bottom of our post for helpful tips and a material list to make your own. fullshot5

 

Pictured: Cat Pumpkin, Bat Pumpkin, Glitter Pumpkins, and Washi Tape Pumpkins

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Stud Pumpkin, Glitter Pumpkin, and Washi Pumpkin

suppliesMaterials I used:

A2 acrylic Paints, paint brushes, map pins/straight pins, scrapbook paper, glitter, Mod Podge (glue), adhesive gems and pearls, pipe cleaners, stickers, washi tape, and paper punches.

We sell all the materials at 2124 W. Division St.!

To make a glitter pumpkin:

Using a brush, coat the pumpkin with Mod Podge (decoupage glue).  Shake the glitter liberally all over the pumpkin over a "Tidy Tray" (a special craft tray so you can reuse the glitter= genius!) Allow to dry thoroughly.  Repeat the steps for the stem in a contrasting color.  If you have it, you can use a clear spay coat to keep the glitter on or just take care in handling and moving your glitzy pumpkin.

To make a cat pumpkin:

Using a brush, paint an entire pie pumpkin black with high quality acrylic paint.  Allow to dry overnight.  Use the instructions above to glitter the stem.

Cut two triangles out of cute Halloween themed scrapbook paper.  Fold about 1/4 inch over to create a tab.  Trim the extra to match the triangle.  Attach on either side of the stem by pushing pins into the folded tab and into the pumpkin.  I used two on each ear.

Cut 2 white pipe cleaners into thirds.  Using a pencil, wrap the end around the pencil a bit to create a curled edge.  Push the non curly edge into the pumpkin where the cat's whiskers would be.  Repeat until you have 3 whiskers on each side of the cat's face.

Punch a cute shape (I used a flower) out of scrapbook paper for the cat's eyes.  Glue on with the Mod Podge.  (Don't use a pin or the cat will "cry" because of the pumpkin juice.)  I also added an adhesive gem (from any craft store) for the cat's pupils. Fancy!

Use a heart sticker for the cat's nose in between the whiskers.  I also added 3 dots of Mod Podge and added glitter to make freckles near the whiskers.

Optional: add a mouth made out of scrapbook paper by cutting a line and a smile shape.  You have a CATKIN!

To make a bat pumpkin:

Use the info above to paint your bat black and glitter the stem.  Cut out wing shapes from scrapbook paper.  (I used a Halloween themed paper.)  I cut one first and then flipped it over and traced it to make the wings symmetrical.  You can also use a template from the internet.  Create a tab by folding the inside part of the bat wing about a 1/4 inch.  Use a push pin to attach the wings to the bat.

Cut the eyes out of coordinating paper.  Use the Mod Podge to glue onto the pumpkin.  Add an adhesive gem for the pupil.  You can also add a smile and fangs with paper too!  I opted for a "serious" bat. Haha Have fun with it!

Other Tips:

*Use nice acrylic paints instead of cheaper craft paints.

*Paint your base color first and allow to dry overnight before adding the details.  The paint will peel off easily if the paint is still wet.

*Use pie pumpkins.  They have a very smooth surface for decorating.

*Use map pins or push pins to attach the paper parts.  (I used them for the ears and the bat wings by creating a fold over tab and pushing the pin in the tab.) Don't use them for the eye, the hole will make the pumpkin "cry " a little bit.

*Use paper punches to punch out cute shapes that can be used for eyes and more.  This is easier for small children and eliminates the need for sharp scissors.

*If you are making a washi tape pumpkin, apply the tape first.  Add Mod-podge over the stem and a bit of the rough tape edges on the stem.  Add glitter to hide the tape edges.

Enjoy crafting!

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