Daily Doable 11/19/13

November 19, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Blog Post:  DIY UpCycle Old Greeting Cards into New!

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Halloween Party/Play Date/Play Group Ideas

October 25, 2013 in Halloween, Halloween

7 Great Ideas for Halloween Party/Play Date/Play Group

Yeah, I don’t know how it happened but I ended up as room mom for my 8-year-old’s class and as such have had to get creative for the Halloween party.  I’m not too sad about the creative part, and I thought I’d share my ideas.  You’re Welcome.  😉

#1…Glow-in-the-Dark Spiders

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You Need:

Small clear cups with lids

Spider Web

Small glow sticks

Plastic spiders

How fun are these?!  Cute and simple.  Take a small clear cup with fitted lid (they’re actually jello shot glasses – hee hee) a mini glow stick, a tiny bit of spider web and a couple of plastic spiders.  Break the glow stick wrap the spider web around it, stick it in the cup and add the spiders.  

#2….Cracker Jack Mummies

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You Need:

Cracker Jacks

Computer Paper

White crepe paper

Googley eyes

Tape

Glue

Black Marker

First, take a regular piece of computer paper and wrap the Cracker Jacks like a present.  Then, take a long piece of crepe paper  and wrap it around the box, secure with tape.  Last, add the googley eyes with glue and a black marker for added facial cuteness.

#3….Gum Ball Necklaces

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You Need:

Gum Balls

Curling Ribbon

Exacto Knife

Large Needles

Ok, this one is way worth it but takes a little more prep work.  First, you need gum balls (shocking, I know).  Next you need to make the holes on either side.  I did this with an Exacto knife.  I just poked the tip of the knife into the gum ball and then twirled it around while applying pressure to make the hole on each side.  A little time consuming but easier than you might think.  What’s less time consuming is my husband washed and fitted his drill with a small drill bit and drilled the holes for me.  This was so much quicker and easier.  He drilled 200 gum balls in about an hour.

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Next, use a large needle and a long piece of curling ribbon (you know, the ribbon you wrap presents with that curl when you run the edge of scissors along it’s edge) just like a needle and thread.  String each gum ball onto the curling ribbon, and tie on.

#4….Dart Board and Punch Board

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This is a game meant to be played together.  Put folded pieces of paper with numbers on them into the balloons and create the balloon board (for complete instructions on how to make the balloon board click here).  Number the holes on the punch board and fill with prizes (for complete instructions on how to create the punch board click here).  Last use this list of number coordinated Halloween Howlers and begin!  First the kid pops a balloon.  Then they use the number inside the balloon to act out the silly action found on the Halloween Howler PDF.  I made a list of Halloween Howlers (silly spooky actions) and included the PDF so all you have to do is click and print.  Last, they punch the coordinating number on the punch board and pull out a prize.  Alone, each activity is short, but together they make a great game.

#5…Leaf Creatures

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You Need:

Paper Bags

Glue

Googley eyes

Ok, this was inspired by the book Leaf Man.  It would be fun to read the book first and look a the pictures before you start this activity.  Here in Utah, we had a little bit of a late cool down, so when I did this project with the kids the leaves hadn’t changed colors yet and we may have made a few bald spots on the bushes, but you get the point.  Give the kids bags and go hunting.  Gather what ever they like and head inside.  For little kids I just did a big squiggle of glue on the page and they stuck their leaves then added eyes (because everything is more fun with googley eyes).  Older kids can really get creative turning their leaves different ways to make actual pictures.  Great for all ages.

#6…Sucker Ghosts (suckers as in actual suckers, not the kids)

 

 

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You Need:

Suckers (I like Blow Pops, they’re nice and big)

Cheese cloth cut into squares or tissues

Yarn or curling ribbon

Black Marker

This is a classic, you can use tissues or cheese cloth but the idea is the same.  Drape your cheese cloth over the sucker and tie with some yarn or curing ribbon.  Add eyes and a mouth with black marker and…BAM…spooky Halloween treats.

#7…Spooky Treat Scene

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You Need:

Graham Crackers

Frosting

Black Food Coloring

Pretzels

Various Candies

How cute and easy?!  Simply use black food coloring to color frosting, and the rest is self explanatory.  Gather a few cute treats to decorate with and go to town.  Upside down peanut butter cup with a pretzel is a witches broom, peep ghost, gummy worm, and candy corn pumpkin.

<3, Sharla

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Daily Doable 10/22/2013

October 22, 2013 in Daily Doable

 

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Halloween Crafts Made by Kids for Kids!

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Boneheads Dia de Morte Pendant Banner

October 6, 2013 in Creating, Halloween Creations

Boneheads Dia de Morte Pendant Banner

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 Happy Halloween!  What’s more popular these days than skulls on Halloween?  Skulls on Dia de Morte!  Ok, I know Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that isn’t even held in the Fall, but come on!  Their decorations are so beautiful, colorful and spooky!  It’s becoming wildly popular to decorate in this style and I just can’t resist.  So here it is, my tip of the hat to our friends in the South who know how to through a spooky rager!

Whatcha Gotta Get:

  • 1 Set of Boneheads Halloween Greeting Cards from Card Sharks.  Click here to find them on Etsy.  The cool thing about buying their cards is that I’m doing a 3-post-salute to them.  They make a great product so why not use it as much as possible?  Click the pics below to find the link to the other crafts.
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  • Yes, there are enough cards in the box to make all three crafts.  I mean, that’s pretty alright!
  • 1 sheet yellow scrapbooking paper
  • 1 sheet orange scrapbooking paper
  • Adhesive
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • All kinds of ric rac, ribbon, and fibers

*Pop quiz: where is my favorite place to buy all of the craft supplies in this pose (minus the skull cards)?  If you know my blog, you know it’s Shop at Joann.com

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Let’s Get This Party Started:

First things first, you need to cut the card into the pendant shape.  I used my straight cutter and cut the back off (but keep it for the other project I posted) and then I made a mark in the center of the bottom  of the card.  Then I lined up the center bottom mark and one of the upper corners and cut a straight line and repeated on the other side.  See, perfect triangle!  I cut 9 triangels because the box of cards comes with 9 styles 2 of each kind for a total of 18 cards.  I thought I would make one of each style.

Next, I felt like the cards needed a little backing to make them pop.  I liked the boldness of my orange and yellow paper, I felt like it fit with the Mexican flare.  I alternated the colors as a boarder for each pendant.

Now is the fun part…putting all that crap on them.  Use a glue gun to make everything stay, it’s just easier and more secure.  I tried to stick to orange, yellow, green and purple for my colors.  I collected a variety of ric rac, ribbon, string, and fringe to use (if you have to buy spools of all of this don’t be sad, you can use the left overs in the other Halloween craft I do with the Boneheads cards).  

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Then I just played around with the design of each card until I found something I liked. I tried to put the tiny green ric rac at the top of all of them to give them a unified look.  

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 Once each one is decorated punch a small hole in the top corner of each.  String them together by going down in the front and coming up in the back.  That way you see the string connecting the pendants, but the line of string is hidden in the back.  It just looks nicer that way.

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Done with that part?  Well, then HANG THAT SUCKER UP!  The perfect flare!

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Feliz Dia de Morte!!!

<3, Sharla