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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

5 Easy and Festive Holiday Bites Using RITZ Crackers ~ Because nothing says Christmas like a festive Ritz cracker...Yum!

Ritz Mint Thins
Chocolate chip cookies are so last year. Leave these chocolaty, minty taste sensations out for Santa and just see what he puts under your tree.

2 package(s) (4 ounces each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted, slightly cooled
1/4 tablespoon(s) peppermint extract
36 whole(s) RITZ Crackers
1 (6-inch) candy cane, crushed
Mix chocolate and extract. Dip crackers in chocolate mixture, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate. Place crackers in a single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets; sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

RITZ Monte Cristo Bites
Meet the season's tastiest, tangiest sweet-and-spicy appetizers. And all of this goodness fits between two little crackers.

3 tablespoon(s) seedless strawberry jam
1 tablespoon(s) mayonnaise
1 teaspoon(s) finely chopped fresh jalapeño peppers
12 slice(s) (thin) Swiss cheese slices
6 slice(s) (thin; 1/4 pound) deli honey ham
72 RITZ Crackers
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix first 3 ingredients until blended. Cut each cheese and ham slice into 6 pieces. Place crackers in single layer on rimmed baking sheet; cover with cheese. Top half the cheese-topped crackers with ham. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Spoon small dollop of jam mixture over ham-topped crackers; cover with remaining crackers, cheese sides down, to make sandwiches. Serve warm.

Monday, December 14, 2015

It's time to wrap those presents for Christmas BUT wait, put down those traditional store bought bows and wrapping’s how to give your gifts an extra special touch this season with these 6 unexpected wrapping ideas.

Old Maps ~ Thanks to Google you haven’t had a need for paper maps in quite some time now, so dig ‘em out of your glove box and start snipping away. The heavy-duty paper won’t rip, your gifts will look really cool, and you can spend your hard-earned Christmas money on better things than store-bought paper, like more mapping apps!

Personalized Photo Paper ~ Show off those holiday selfies with customized photo wrapping paper. Not only is it a good excuse to prove to everyone how well you can rock an ugly Christmas sweater, but you’ll find out who your real friends are based on who throws out the gift wrap once all is said and done. (Paper,

Black & White DIY ~ Feeling crafty (and extremely lazy)? Basic black paper and chalkboard markers are a super-easy way to wrap a gift for a look that says, “Check out how much effort I put into your present!”

Friday, December 11, 2015

Decorating with snowflakes is a decor look you can keep all winter through not just through the Holidays.....Try a few of these "flaky" ideas.

Overhead Snowflake Decorations
When snow is falling, it's as if the air itself is alive. Dangle 3-D snowflakes overhead to create a similar effect. To make a 3-D snowflake, cut out six identical designs. Fold each in half like a book; glue back sides together, repeating until all are joined. Hang flakes on loops of thread or monofilament; attach to the ceiling with white paper tape.

Stiffened Doilies
A cascade of vintage handmade doilies treated with fabric stiffener forms a fanciful snowfall in the window.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Easy Holiday Decorating Tips from Some of My Favorite Bloggers

Style a centerpiece with branches ~ Must-follow bloggers share their signature, seasonal tip. "Tall berry-covered branches bring the wintry outdoors in... and don't require the skills of a floral designer." —Camille Styles,

Go seasonal ~ "When dressing the holiday table, think seasonal rather than holiday-specific. Pair jewel-toned linens with traditional decorative accents such as a miniature pine or rosemary tree. When the style is festive and wintery, you don't have to worry about taking it down on December 26th!" —Mandy Kellogg Rye,

Create an ornament cluster ~ "Tying the perfect bow on a wreath can be challenging, so opt for a modern ornament cluster instead. Attach a group of ribbons to the hook or the nail at the wreath's top, then hang ornaments at varying lengths for a simple and stylish look. " —Kristin Jackon,

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Top Hot Spots for Holiday Decor ~ Are these your hot spots as well?

Decorate Here or There ~ From the Mailbox to the Mantel........and everywhere in between, these are the key spots to decorate for the holidays.

The Dining Chair ~ Make your dining table inviting and warm with a special decorative touch for family and guests on the backs of their chairs.

The Entry Table ~ A great place to display holiday photos of family and friends, an entry table also serves as a convenient platform for greeting cards. Hang a wreath in front of the mirror for more visual impact.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

In a Holiday Hurry? Try These Quick, Cheap & Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas For Every Room of the House....From outside to the bedroom there is an idea for you here!

Bedroom ~ Temporarily transform your bed. We layered holiday-theme hand towels on our headboard. Red-striped napkins and place mats work as "covers" for pillows. Attach with safety pins or basting stitches to remove later.

Outside ~ Fresh greenery, a large red ball, red-painted pinecones and a bright bow look festive in this wintry scene.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Warm and Fuzzy" Holiday.Winter Crafts For Those Cold Days

Winter Accessories Shadow Box ~ For seasonal wall art, place a pair of mittens and a hat in a large framed shadow box. This quick and easy project is a great way to display favorite winter wearables that have been outgrown or replaced.

Cozy Candleholders ~ DON'T throw out those old, stained or torn sweaters, instead re-purpose them into snuggly sleeves for your holiday votives.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving (or Fall) Cocktails ~ Keep it cozy and warm with these cold-weather drinks and fall-flavored cocktails BUT be sure to keep them away from the kids' table!

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider
Here's a delicious way to ward off cold weather: Serve hot cider spiced like an apple pie. Season your cider with the same spices you would use in a pie-cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg-then heat it up. If you'd like, pour in brandy for adults. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug for stirring. Servings: 6
1 1/4 quarts apple cider
3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Ground cloves
Freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)
Directions: In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Pear-Rosemary Cocktails
Toast the bounties of the Thanksgiving table with cocktail in hand. There's something for everyone in this collection of festive drink recipes that includes hot ciders, crowd-pleasing sangria, sparkling wine cocktails, and nonalcoholic beverages. This cocktail uses smooth, homemade pear-infused vodka that can be made months ahead of time. Pear nectar sweetens the drink while club soda lends it sparkle; homemade rosemary syrup adds a seductive aroma. Yield: Makes 8
6 to 10 Seckel pears
4 cups (32 ounces) vodka
1 cup sugar
12 sprigs fresh rosemary plus more for garnish
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) pear nectar
4 cups (32 ounces) sparkling water
Directions: Put enough pears into a 48-ounce glass jar to fill. Add vodka. Seal jar, and let stand at room temperature 2 weeks (up to 2 months). Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Add rosemary; remove from heat. Let stand 30 minutes. Discard rosemary. Let cool completely. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month. Fill 12-ounce glasses halfway with ice. Add 4 tablespoons vodka, 2 tablespoons syrup, and 3 tablespoons pear nectar to each. Top with 1/2 cup sparkling water. Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Abundance and Harvest

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap...” Luke 6:38

Our God is a God of abundance! He wants to pour out His abundance on each of us until we are so full that we are running over! But, notice how today’s verse starts. It says, “Give and it will be given to you.” That’s because our giving sets the blessing of God into motion in our life. When we give, we plant a seed. If we were to plant an apple seed, we wouldn’t just grow one single fruit. Rather,  that one seed grows into a tree that produces an abundance of apples! That’s what happens when we obey God in our giving ~ we get an abundant harvest in return. We can reap so much that we have to give some of it away, and the cycle just keeps repeating itself!

This is the time of year that usually gets us thinking about giving and receiving.  Is there something the Lord is telling you to give? You don't have t have money to give, you can give food, time, clothing, even a hug and smile. Think about it, what do you have that you can bless someone else with?  It's really easy....maybe a co-worker always admires a bracelet you wear, try parting with it for the sake of another.......take that step of faith and open the door to His abundance in every area of your life!  Expect his abundant harvest this season as you bless someone else!

Father, I receive Your Word into my heart today. Thank You for choosing to bless me so that I can be a blessing to others. Show me where I can give to others and teach me to receive all You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas to Celebrate the Season ~ From the front door to the table, you're sure to find something that will strike you fancy and please your guests.

Outdoor Homage ~ This outdoor dinner table is outdoorsy perfection with strips of chocolate-brown burlap, groupings of pillar candles on wood chips, gourds of various sizes and colors that come together for a simple yet striking look that complements the table's natural setting.

Colorful Corn ~ A staple element of Thanksgiving, bunches of vibrant corn easily come together to make a wreath.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's time to set aside the paper turkeys and pilgrim hats for something a little more sophisticated.....Thanksgiving ideas for your holiday get together.

Don't neglect the leftovers station. Use a chalkboard to write out a message to your guests so they don't forget to grab their snacks. For a personalized touch, wrap their take-home food in burlap sacks with a handwritten note.

Celebrate fall foliage by collecting colorful leaves and pairing them with straw and berries for an unforgettable place setting.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Surprising Things to Do with Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Ice Cream
3 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cognac or brandy (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
Directions: In a medium saucepan, combine the half-and-half and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 4 minutes until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture into the egg mixture and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the half-and-half mixture in the pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture coats the back of a large metal spoon, about 4 minutes. Do not boil. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Stir in the cognac, if desired, and vanilla. Whisk the pumpkin into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight. Pour the pumpkin custard into a 1- 1/2 or 2-quart ice cream maker; freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Pack the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving. Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings.

Pumpkin Corn Bread
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups cornmeal
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons masa harina or corn flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup buttermilk
1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
Whipped butter (optional)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously brush a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with 2 tablespoons of the butter; set aside remaining butter. In a large mixing bowl combine cornmeal, sugar, masa harina, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. In another bowl combine remaining butter, buttermilk, sour cream, egg, and pumpkin; whisk into cornmeal mixture. Pour into prepared skillet. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted off-center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack; serve warm with whipped butter.

Cinnamon-Pumpkin Toddy
5 cups water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup rye whiskey or bourbon
1/2 cup apple-cinnamon schnapps or cinnamon schnapps
1 recipe Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Ground cinnamon and/or stick cinnamon
Directions: In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the water, maple syrup, and pumpkin. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir in rye whiskey and schnapps. Ladle into mugs. Serve with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and garnish with ground cinnamon and/or stick cinnamon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stylish and Fun Fall Party Ideas ~ Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Entertaining Naturally ~ Autumn's bounty warms cozy gatherings with family and friends. Put your rooms in the mood for fun with hands-on projects to get your home party-ready.

Small Signs of Fall ~ Dangling from string looped through the grommets of a no-sew tablecloth, these little gourds act as natural weights and add seasonal flair to a casual dinner party. To make the cloth, measure your tabletop and add enough yardage for a 6-inch drop plus a 1-inch hem. Hem with fusible tape and an iron. To make the corner flaps, notch a 5-inch square from each corner and hem using fusible tape. Add grommets with a kit from a crafts or fabrics store.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

There Is A Time For Everything ~ Trust His Timing

“My times are in Your hand...” Psalm 31:15

One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t always work on our time table. In fact, He rarely does, but, in a single moment, He can change my life! All throughout scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for His people. ~ His people, those who believe in and trust in Him. Scripture tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever which means if He did it for them, He can instantly turn things around for me and you, too!

You may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God’s hands. Trust that He has your best interest at heart and that He wants to pour out His favor upon you. He wants to take you further than you dreamed possible and work in your life in ways beyond what you have ever imagined.

The full scripture in today's key says "My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly, from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me." Let this truth sink down into your heart today. Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future ~ speak and believe He will rescue you from your enemies. Keep standing, keep hoping and keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. Have faith because your times are in His hands, and He will lead you in the life of victory He has for you!

Father, today I humbly come before You giving You all that I am. I trust that my times are in Your hands. I trust that You are working things out in my favor. I set my focus on You knowing that You are working things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Party Ideas That You Can Scare Up On The Cheap

Masked Portraits
Halloween is just a few days away, but there's still time to haunt your house. These ideas are so easy to do, it'll scare you. When prepping for the holiday, don't forget to costume everyone — even folks in paintings and photos. Black construction paper, scissors, and low-tack artists' tape ($3.53; were all it took to ready this blushing bride for a masquerade ball. (Other easy embellishments: red devil horns and white fangs.) Just resist the urge to disguise priceless artwork that's not protected by glass.

Ghouls' Night Out
To call forth this gathering, use glue dots to stick construction-paper eyes and mouths onto white tissue-paper bells ($3.08 for two 9"H, $4.20 for one 18"H;, then drape them with cheesecloth.

Jack O'-lanterns in a Jiffy
Turn orange tissue-paper balls ($3.20 each; into proper Halloween pumpkins. Simply cut facial features and stems from construction paper and apply to the balls with glue dots ($3.99 for a pack of 200;

Friday, October 23, 2015

Last Minute Easy Homemade DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Meatballs and Spaghetti
Cut a hole for the head in the center of a red-checkered tablecloth (or 1.25 yards of 45-inch-wide red-checkered fabric) so that it can be worn like a poncho. Cut 1/2 skein off-white yarn into spaghetti-length pieces. With a hot-glue gun, glue them in swirls and bunches to a large, sturdy paper plate. Paint 8 small Styrofoam balls with brown acrylic paint to resemble meatballs. Let dry, then glue 4 or 5 balls to top of spaghetti. Mix brown and red acrylic paint to make a tomato-sauce color; drip that over meatballs and spaghetti. Smear a little on the side of a small pot. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth. Glue remaining meatballs to tablecloth where you like. Glue some strands of yarn to pot "hat." Tie under chin if needed to keep pot on head.

Bubble Bath
Cut a hole in the bottom of an inflatable baby bathtub (we used Munchkin's Inflatable Safety Duck Tub). Leave at least 2 inches for the rim. On the remaining bottom rim, punch two holes near the front and back. To make the suspenders from wide ribbon, measure your child from shoulder to waist and multiply by 2; cut two lengths of ribbon to that size. Thread through the holes, knotting the ends underneath to secure. Blow up 15 white balloons and attach them with double-stick tape inside the tub and to the sides to make it look like bubbles are overflowing. Accessorize with bath poufs as hair accessories.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fun, Cute and Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas ~ Get ready to "cut up" with the giggles and grins you will get with these awesome pumpkin carving ideas....from silly skeletons to a pumpkin birthday party, each of these pumpkin carving ideas are sure to delight your Halloween visitors.

If you have a little more time, you'll have fun pulling together this cool carving idea. Add the bonfire centerpiece to a backyard table or use it as a focal point in front. You'll need about 10 to 12 pumpkins and flickering candles to make these flames come to life.

Calling all you who have October birthday!!!!!! Let's spice things up with a Halloween pumpkin birthday party! Download the party pumpkin stencils and carve out the smiling faces on pumpkins. Shape scrapbooking paper into cones, creating a variety of tall and short hats. Use tape to secure the paper in cone shapes and decorate with an assortment of patterned- paper circles. Trim some of the hat edges with paper fringe. Hot-glue the hats to the tops of the pumpkins.

Use a faux or real pumpkin to create this funny pumpkin carving -- a gourd invaded by mice! Light yellow spray paint turns this pumpkin into a block of cheese, and drill bits make it easy to create different-size holes.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Time of Favor

“ About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho. On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life....” Joshua 4:13 and 14

I love the promise that God gave to Joshua, He said, “Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” He was saying, “Today, I’m going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessings, My increase upon you.” However we need to notice and be aware that there was a specific time in Joshua's life that God began to release this favor in a new way.

I believe God wants to do the same thing for us. He wants to release His blessing and favor in such a way that it makes us great ~ makes us a great parent, a great spouse, a great leader, a great employee, a great friend, a great business person. God is saying to us what He said to Joshua, “This day I’m going to begin to make your name great. This day I’m going to begin to release My favor in a new way. I’m going to open doors that no man can shut.” It is a set time of God’s favor so we need to get ready! Make room in your thinking, stay open to Him and keep an attitude of faith and expectancy because the time of God’s favor is here!

Father, I bless You today. Thank You for pouring out Your favor and blessing upon me. I open my heart and mind to receive every good thing You have in store for me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Make Visitors or Passersby's 'Fall" for Your Front Entry With These Delightful Decorating Ideas

Play up small entryways with bold, attention-grabbing elements that make the space pop. A sunflower-and-burlap wreath and coordinating leafy garland draw the eye in, and layers of colorful decorations, such as baskets of gourds and a foliage-bedecked lantern, hold the viewer's attention. Welcome neighbors to your harvest-theme stoop with a space-saving vertical signboard.

Announce your house numbers loud and proud with this festive, DIY topiary (and reuse it next year, since the pumpkins are artificial!). White pumpkins are outfitted with vintage-style house numbers, then threaded through a dowel for stability and stacked neatly over a wooden basket foundation. Vivid Spanish moss peeks over the basket top for added color.

Monday, October 12, 2015

All-Season Long ~ Fall Decorating Ideas

Gourd Planters ~ Transform gourds into planters for the fall season. Simply hollow out the gourds and tuck in the root balls of ornamental grasses or sedge (a perennial herb). Draw jack-o'-lantern faces onto the gourds with paint pens for a Halloween-theme arrangement.

Pumpkin Tree Tabletop Decoration ~ Simple decorations can make a dressed-up tabletop for fall. A few cylindrical vases filled with birdseed provide a sturdy base for long branches. Small pumpkins -- suspended with bits of twine -- hover above a beautiful assortment of branches, berries, and pinecones. To craft the candle-displaying pumpkins, hollow out a few gourds and tuck in candles and berries.

Eclectic Fall Bowl Centerpiece ~ This decoration can be fashioned easily with a fall nature hunt and a halved globe used as a bowl. There's no need to plan the arrangement -- simply mix the treasures together: pinecones, bittersweet, acorns, and branches make the perfect fall centerpiece.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cute Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkins

Pumpkin Table Decor
Tuck candles and small pumpkins inside glass cylinders or canning jars. Chocolate- and caramel-covered apples make toothsome favors.

Bookshelf Tree
A sturdy bookcase provides the structure needed for this painted-tree idea to take root. Step 1: Begin by experimenting with the placement of pumpkins on your shelves. Your tree should gradually widen toward the top, with multiple smaller gourds on higher shelves. Also, if there's a good deal of space between two shelves, you may need to stack pumpkins to fill it (as shown here on the bottom shelf). In that case, trim any stems that interfere with stacking stability. Concerned about the heft of pumpkins on a particular shelf? Opt for lightweight, faux Funkins. ($16-$42; Step 2: Using a tree photo as a guide, draw the outline of a tree onto the pumpkins with a felt-tip pen. Start at the bottom and branch out as you move up. (You may need to use a stepladder to reach upper shelves.) Step 3: Working one shelf at a time, remove the pumpkins and fill in your outlines with a fine-tip brush and black flat acrylic paint. Let dry and replace pumpkins in your bookcase.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

9 Ways to Make Your House Look Haunted

Throw Sheets Over Your Furniture ~ When nobody has lived in a house for years, homeowners will often throw sheets over their furniture to protect the pieces from sun damage and dust. You can do the same, and we guarantee your guests will be totally creeped out. Bonus - it protects your furniture from spills during Halloween parties.

Sprinkle Spanish Moss Over Your Furniture ~ Here's a cool design idea - sprinkle dried Spanish moss on your furniture to make it look as though nobody has been around for ages. You can buy bags of the filling at craft supply stores.

Place Tombstones on the Floor ~ If a house is haunted, that means a death had to occur in your abode. We're hoping that hasn't actually happened to you, so purchase these chalkboard tombstones (our make your own) and customize them with any creative name you think of.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Sweets for Your Kiddos Halloween Party (and adults will enjoy these too) ~ What fun ideas to serve up some sweets for you little sweets school Halloween party, the neighborhood party or whatever function you need to take a Halloween treat!

Funny Bones
half package (7 ounces) white meltable candy wafers
36 pretzel sticks and thin rods of various lengths
72 mini marshmallows (about 1 cup)
Follow the instructions on the candy wafers package to melt the candy in a wide bowl. For each bone, press marshmallows onto both ends of a pretzel stick or rod, with the marshmallows' flat sides parallel to the pretzel. Dip each pretzel into the melted candy to coat it. Lift it out with a fork, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Place the bone onto a sheet of waxed paper to set at room temperature.

Frankenstein's Jell-O Monster
Black and red 3-D paint and brushes (scars and mouths); we used Scribbles
and Tulip Slick brands
Ceramic plate
3-ounce box of Jell-O lime gelatin (makes 2 monsters)
9-or 10-ounce, 4-inch-tall clear plastic cup
Table knife or spoon
2 Maraschino cherries (eyes)
Double-sided tape
2 Rolos (neck bolts)
Crushed Oreos (enough for hair)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cheap and Easy Kid Costumes for Halloween ~ Don't Break the Bank Just Do it Yourself

Think the best Halloween costumes come from a store? Think again, well they eventually come from a store but not the way you think! You can make fabulous costumes using bread bags, cupcake liners, and other basic items for your local supermarket or hardware store. Each of these costumes start with leggings and a long-sleeve T-shirt (which don't even have to match). Then come the accessories: head bands, eye masks, chest letters, capes, lightning bolts, and belts.

Superhero Cape and T-Shirt
This one requires just one easy seam ~ you don't even hem the edges. If your kids can use scissors, they can help make costumes. When shopping for materials, explore your local hardware store: Most carry duct tape, painters' tape, and foil tape in a range of colors.
Alphabet Templates
Lightning Bolt Template
Planet Template
Star Template
Felt or sparkly paper, holographic metallic-effect film, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, in Silver-Shine
Small sharp scissors
36-by-36-inch piece of polyester satin (or T-shirt)
24 inches of 1/2-inch chromspun grosgrain ribbon, 5/8 inch, in Neon Orange and Gray
Fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac
Safety pin
1. Make letter or symbol: Print a template of your choice. Cut out. Trace onto felt or paper, and cut out. 2. Make cape: Fold over 1 side of the fabric by 1 inch, and press with a cool iron. Sew down flap, creating a 3/4-inch channel. Attach safety pin to 1 end of ribbon, and thread through. (No-sew option: Snip holes along 1 edge and run ribbon through.) 3. Lay cape or T-shirt flat. Squeeze glue all over the back of the letter or symbol, and position on cape or shirt. Let dry.