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Creepy Crawly Candy Spiders

Creepy Crawly Candy Spiders Creepy Crawly Candy Spiders
Fall is here, and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re hosting a spectacularly spooky event, these critters are the perfect way to add a festive and fun element to your party. In just a few easy steps, you can have tasty treat that your guests are sure to love, making your Halloween party absolutely unforgettable!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Black pipe cleaners
Tacky glue
Googly Eyes

Things to do:
1. Center your black pipe cleaner around the stem of your sucker. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner until you reach the desired length for the legs of your spider. Repeat this step four times, creating eight spider legs.
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2. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner to create the look of spider legs. Use your wire cutters to trim any excess pipe cleaner to keep all the legs the same length.
3. Use the tacky glue to secure the wiggly eyes to the top of the spider.
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Simple Craft Foam Frankenstein

Craft Foam Frankenstein Simple Craft Foam Frankenstein
Fall wouldn’t be fall without Halloween. And Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a couple of monsters. My favorite has always been the Frankenstein monster which is why I love this project. This turns a simple sheet of craft foam into a slightly funny, slightly creepy Frankenstein, perfect for the spookiest holiday.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Green craft foam
Black paint
Paint brush
Goggly eyes
Foamies Glue
Black marker

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface paint the top 1/3 of the sheet (longwise) black, letting the edge be a little wobbly and drawing the paint up to the end to emulate hair.
2. Once the paint is dry glue two eyes, a little cockeyed, in the center, about an inch below the hairline and a crooked, “stitched” mouth just below that.
3. Roll the foam into a tube and glue to secure.
4. Once the glue is dry, use the scissors to cut down from the top of the painted end to just above the hairline to finish.

Guest Blog: DIY Fall Foliage Sign

September 26, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

fall foliage sign Guest Blog: DIY Fall Foliage Sign
Fall is finally on it’s way and I can’t wait!  Personally I think Fall is best season of all, with perfect temperatures, beautiful colors, and night time fires just to name a few.  I also like Fall decorations and wanted a little sign to put up in my kitchen, so I thought I’d share this quick and simple decor piece with all of you!

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished Wood Sign
Sticker Sheets
Alcohol Marker/ Stain (optional)
Pearls (optional)

Things to do:
1. I wanted my wood to be a little darker so I chose to use an Alcohol Marker, which gives the wood a stained look.  You could use wood stain or paint.
2. Adhere stickers as desired and use scissors to snip off the ends that may run off the edges.
3. Adhere pearls… and done!

I told you it was quick and easy!  And now I have a beautiful piece of decor to remind me of my favorite season even when I might be stuck inside doing dishes!   We would love to see your Fall decor projects using some of our products, feel free to share them with us below, and Happy Crafting!
Lisa from Lisa’s Creative Niche

Zipper Acorns

September 2, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Zipper Acorns Zipper Acorns
These little zipper acorns are a great way to preserve a little hint of fall in your house. Fun as package toppers, ornaments, or just sitting by the bowl full, they are fast, fun and as sweet as can be.

Things you’ll need:
Acorn Caps
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut the zipper just above the stop so that you have two sections of teeth. Remove the pull.
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2. Starting at the cut end, tightly roll the zipper, layering as you go, to create the acorn shape.
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3. Once the “acorn” is large enough for your cap (you’ll want it just bigger than the opening), trim off any excess zipper.
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4. Add a generous dot of hot glue to the inner portion of the cap and insert the “acorn” holding it firmly for a few minutes to allow the glue to set.

Bread Tie Monster

Bread Tie Monster Bread Tie Monster
I’m always looking for a way for to make packed lunches a little bit more fun, and this project does the trick, creating a little something to hold a sandwich wrap tight as well as play with when lunch is done. On the other hand, these are so much silly fun, I might just have to make them for rainy day play! And bonus! It’s a craft the kids can do themselves!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: Less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Bread ties
Craft glue
Googly eyes

Things to do:
1. Decide which direction you want the face to go with the opening at the center as the mouth.
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2. Dab on glue and add goggle eyes to complete the face.
3. Allow the glue to dry before using or playing.

School Time Pencil Wreath

August 26, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Pencil Wreath School Time Pencil Wreath
Nothing says fall quite like school supplies, am I right? Maybe it’s the former teacher in me but I love to see big boxes of pencils, markers and crayons all piled up and just waiting for the first day of school. Pencils, with their bright orangey-yellow, are my favorite and this year I bought far, far more than we could ever use. And while I already have them bunched together in a tub on my desk, just waiting for homework, I also decided to use some to make this back to school sunburst wreath. If you have an extra box of pencils or ten hanging around your house, this is a great project to liven up your house for fall and get you in the back to school spirit!

Things you need:
90-100 un-sharpened pencils
Super glue
12″ flat wreath form
Yellow paint
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Things to do:
1. Lay your wreath on a large, flat surface. The finished wreath will be quite large so make sure you have plenty of room for the pencils to go all the way around.
2. Paint the wreath form with a layer of yellow paint. It doesn’t have to be thick or even a perfect match for the pencils, just a good base coat to fill in the gaps a little.
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3. Mark your pencils 1/3 inch from the un-sharpened end. This will be your guide for gluing.
4. Drop two small dots of glue on the wreath form and line the mark on your pencil up with the inner edge of the wreath. Hold for a few seconds. Line the next pencil up and splay it out slightly before dabbing glue under it as well. Continue to line up and glue your pencils until you are all the way around.
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Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Place Setting

October 25, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Thanksgiving Place Setting Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Place Setting
We are now in full Autumn mode here in Ohio, with the leaves changing colors, cooler temperatures, and our minds ( and stomachs) are already focusing on the wonderful dinner that is just around the corner. You guessed it, Thanksgiving! So today’s post will show you a quick and easy place setting that requires less time out of the kitchen, and a setting that you can feel proud to share with all of your guests…

Things you need:
Fall floral pick
Organza ribbon
Manila tags
Hole Punch

Things to do:
1. Take a tag and stamp a background pattern as I have done with a leaf image in you lightest shade of distress inks. Then blend with other shades of ink as desired. Stamp on sentiment and tie top of tag with ribbon and place in card holder.
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2. Cut two strips of paper, one at 2 ½” x 3 ½” and one at 1 ½” x 3 ½”, then adhere them together. Punch a hole in each end and run ribbon through the two strips of paper, place autumn pick on napkin and tie your newly made napkin ring around them and your done!

The best thing about this quick and easy table setting is that when you are done all of it can be re-used. The place card holder can turn into an Autumn Photo holder, the napkin ring can be tied around a candle to make a quick fall decor piece, and the beautiful Autumn pick an be placed in other floral decor to spice things up! Don’t you just love when you can reuse things for more than one purpose? Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

Lisa from Lisa’s Creative Niche

Simple Glue Ghosts

simple glue ghosts Simple Glue Ghosts
What could be better than a few creepy, spooky ghosts floating around your house come Halloween? DIY ghosts made from the most basic of craft supplies. Glue!

Things you need:
Glue – white glue works best
Freezer paper
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. On the non-shiny side of the paper, draw your ghosts.
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2. Flip the paper over so that the shiny side is up.
3. Draw along the lines of the ghost with the glue and then fill in the ghost, spreading it thinly to fill.
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4. Allow the glue to dry, it will start to peel up when it’s totally dry and ready.
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5. Draw on eyes and a mouth and attach to windows with glue dots or hang from fishing line.
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Creepy Googly Eye Frame

Creepy Googly Eye Frame Creepy Googly Eye Frame
Here’s a cute and creepy way to display your fall pictures and art. Googly eyes! Your kids will love to make AND to look at this project! And bonus points if you use glow in the dark googly eyes for an extra creepy look!

Things you’ll need:
Mixed google eyes
Craft glue
Wood frame
White acrylic paint (optional)

Things to do:
1. If desired, paint the frame with a thin coat of white to match the back of the eyes. Allow the paint to dry.
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2. Starting in one corner of the frame, spread about an inch square with a thin coat of glue. Arrange the googly eyes at random but fairly close to one another, until you have covered the glue.
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3. Move on to a new section of the frame, working in one inch sections until the entire frame is covered. Allow the glue to dry before adding a photo or art to the frame.
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Chalkboard Pumpkin

October 17, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Chalkboard Pumpkin Chalkboard Pumpkin
This is a fun way to decorate a pumpkin without the mess of carving! A great project for kids to do, and play with, you can let them go to town with their pumpkin decorating over and over again. You can do this project with either a real or fake pumpkin but a fake pumpkin will certainly last longer and can be used over many years.

Things you’ll need:
Chalkboard paint
Foam brush
Paint tape

Things to do:
1. Tape off the stem of the pumpkin, smoothing down the edges so that the paint doesn’t seep under.
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2. Coat the pumpkin with two or three thin layers of paint, allowing each to dry before the next.
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3. Let the paint cure overnight before removing the tape and decorating with chalk.

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