Posts Tagged ‘ halloween ’

Candy Wrapper Crafts

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I’m an upcycling fiend, and I can’t resist the opportunity to make something great out of something that would end up in the trashcan or recycling bin. And in the first week of November, what do most parents have an over-abundance of? Yes, candy wrappers. We’ve all seen the bracelets and purses, but here are 7 candy wrapper crafts crafts that will blow your mind!

How adorable are these doll dress made of candy wrappers? They are definitely frame-worthy. Found on Craft Stylish.

Dum Dum wrappers—classic, colorful, and a perfect craft material. I’m crazy about this adorable flower headband made from candy wrappers. If you figure out how to make, please share. Or, you can just buy one for $18 from Maisey Daisey’s Etsy store. And check out these cute earrings from Creative Itch!

Origami made from candy wrappers? Genius! Find instructions at Origami Resource Center.

I’m not sure how to express my respect for this craft enough. I would do anything to have this awesomeness in my living room. Found on the totally inspirational website, Improvised Life.

If used in a creative way, I’d be happy with candy wrapper art on my wall. Look at this amazing map that Karyn from Sugar Swagger made with the help of her first grade class! And then check out this graphic colored candy foil art work found on the Kate Spade Tumblr. These are stitched on, but it would work also just using Mod Podge.

Ok, start digging through your trashcan. I promise I won’t tell!

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Costumes of Halloweens Past

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

It’s October 31st and that means just one thing, and one thing only in the minds of kids ages 3 and up all around the country—HALLOWEEN! The day has arrived and I think this year, I’m as excited as I was when I was a child. My son Oliver is 3 and this is the first year that he’s really grasped the concept of the holiday. But with understanding of the holiday also comes costume requests, so for my son, I’ve lost all creative control over his get-up. This year, he’s a fire fighter which is completely legit and still opens up some room for some crafting on my end. (Follow me on Instagram to see how it turns out! @amanda_mommy) Here is a little trip down memory lane of the last few years of costumes in my household.

Last year my daughter was a mere 6 months old, so of course I could mold her into whatever I wanted her to be. I had never seen a vintage synchronized swimmer costume before, so it was a fun challenge to figure out how to make one. Hop over to Project Kid to see how I did it. (Ps…isn’t she the cutest?) This year, she’s going as Jennifer Beale from Flashdance. We’ve been practicing by dancing to Maniac for weeks now!

My son was born at the end of August of 2010, about 6 weeks early, so by Halloween, he still looked like a newborn (and a little bit like a frog, thus, this costume). His pacifier was very important to him, so we attached his red froggy felt tongue to it. He got much attention strolling around in his bassinet.

The next year, he was up and at ‘em running like the little toddler that he had become. So I designed another approrpiate costume for that phase of life…a marathon runner! This photo (shot by my friend and photog extraordinaire Jami Saunders) appeared in a Parents feature last year.

Have a safe and beyond fun Halloween, everyone!

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String-Art Halloween Wreath

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I am totally of the belief that every holiday deserves a wreath. I didn’t grow up with a seasonal front porch that changed at the beginning of each month, so maybe that’s why I so want to be that house now! (Too bad the only people that see my apartment door are my neighbors, visitors, and the UPS man!)

Since Halloween is all about the door, it is a holiday that is screaming, howling, and shrieking for a creative wreath! I know you may look at this and think you need some mad needlework skillz, but I promise you, you don’t! It’s so easy and so much fun to make. Your kids will love helping you with this one too! And seriously, with only 2 days left before the big day, you still have time to have the cutest door on the block!

For instructions, visit my blog Project Kid for the step-by-step!

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Double Duty Halloween Costumes for the Indecisive Trick-or-Treater

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I know you know this kid…you may even have this kid. One minute they want to be a fireman, the next, it’s a superhero, the next, it’s Picasso. For the well-prepared parents, this sort of indecision is maddening, not to mention costly when you have to keep ordering and returning different costume elements or craft materials. So here are three ways to help these kids get two costumes for the price (and effort) of one!

For the school Halloween parade, your darling daughter wanted to be an angel, but come time for trick-or-treating, she now wants to be a nurse. Easy peasy. First, tie a wide red ribbon around her waist as a belt (referencing red cross). Then, take apart that pipe cleaner halo, attach a piece of white paper with the red plus sign to it, and voila! Angel to nurse in no time! (Save the wings for next year’s bird costume!) {Angel cosume from DIY & Crafts. Nurse costume from Sophia’s Style.}

He was feeling a little naughty in the morning, but then his sweet side came out and he decided that he had to be a zebra. Take some black tape to that evenly striped jailbird costume and create uneven zebra stripes. Wrap a rolled up tube of newspaper in white and black tape to form a tail and no one will know that your troublemaker caused trouble on October 31st! {Jailbird from Halloween Express. Zebra from Pottery Barn Kids}

There is no easier switch than that of vampire to magician. Grab a deck of cards and use double-stick tape to adhere them to the inside of the cape. Grab a stick from the backyard, paint it black, and don’t forget that white bunny or dove to accompany him on his candy crusade! {Vampire from Halloween Adventure. Magician from Costume Party}

Have you ever transformed one costume into another at the last minute? Fairy into butterfly? Sports star into superhero? Leave a comment and tell us how you did it!

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5 Hoodie Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


One thing that’s always stressful for me in planning my homemade Halloween costumes is the question of weather. I live in New York, and it can potentially be 80 degrees or 40 degrees. And you just don’t know until the day before. Sigh.

Layering is a great solution, and nothing better to layer under than a hoodie! Here are 5 awesome costumes that use simple hoodies as their main element. You can find more details and instructions by clicking the links below!

  1. Shark costume from Fiskars.com
  2. Knight costume from Mer Mag.
  3. Little Red Riding Hood via Indulgy
  4. Dinosaur costume from See Vanessa Craft
  5. Sheep costume from Parents

PS…Need a solid hoodie? Check out Basic Brilliance, American Apparel, or Target.

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