Simple Thanksgiving Craft Project – Craft Foam Turkey Napkin Ring

turkey_foam_napkin_ringMaterial Needed:
Scissors
Craft Foam Sheets (We recommend Beige, Brown, Orange, Yellow and Red)
Scalloped-edge Scissors
Googly Eyes
Super Hold Foamies Craft Glue

Check out Parents Magazine for the how-to!

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DIY Thanksgiving Decoration – Pumpkin Votive Candle Holder

pumpkin_votive_candle_holderHere is a simple Thanksgiving decoration idea using mini pumpkins, floral U pins, and clear glass hurricane shades! Simply snap off the stem of each pumpkin being used. Then place a votive candle in each depression where the stem used to be. You could even try using a battery operated flameless votive candle for a safer and longer lasting candle Take your clear glass hurricane shade and cover the votive candle. To ensure that the clear glass hurricane shade stays in place, use the floral U pins around the base of the clear glass hurricane shade. Now you have your own organic votive holder to illuminate any autumn table setting!

Photo Credits: Good Housekeeping

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Lady Gaga’s Bubbles Costume with Acrylic Fillable Ball Ornaments

lady_gaga_costumeThe hottest Halloween costume for 2009 is Lady Gaga infamous “Bubble Dress” This costume is easy to make with simple acrylic ornaments! There are few things to do before making this bubble dress costume. First, you will need to order as many acrylic ornaments as you think you will need to completely cover a body suit. Be sure to account for both the front and back of the body suit from about the shoulders to just below the hip. Get at least 3 different sizes of the acrylic ornaments to get the best look. Buy a nude color body suit, black fishnet stockings, clear high heels, and a short blonde wig. You may want to try gluing the clear acrylic ornaments with a clear glue like super glue to insure that the acrylic ornaments won’t open while you are out and about. You can try sewing the ornaments with a needle and thread onto the nude body suit. Be sure to loop through several times to make sure the balls ornaments are secure to the body suit. If you can’t really sew or do not have the time you could also try using a clothing tag gun. The acrylic ornaments should be touching each other and completely covering the front, back, and both sides of the suit. Be sure to try on the body suit throughout the process so you will know where to leave room for your arms so that they may rest at your side comfortably. Finally, now that your acrylic ornaments are attached to your body suit, you are now ready to apply your make-up, fake eye lashes, and wig!

lady_gaga_costume2Oh and don’t forget to take your bubbles… you can blow bubbles at all your fans all night long!

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Quick Halloween Centerpiece using Artificial Blackbird Crows

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Photo Credit: BHG

Here is a great centerpiece idea or a quick last minute outdoor decoration to greet your trick-or-treaters! This simple pumpkin idea uses one of our customers favorite birds… the artificial black crow!

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Spider Pumpkin Tealight Candle Holder Using Pipe Cleaners

Here is a quick and simple way to make your own Halloween decorations! Create your own creepy crawly spider pumpkin tealight candle holders with pipe cleaners.
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Materials Needed:
Mini Pumpkin
Knife
Spoon
Tealight Candle (we recommend battery operated flameless tealight candles)
Weldbond Universal Glue
4 – Black Pipe Cleaners

Check out Good Housekeeping for the how-to!

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Design Pumpkins Using Metal Cookie Cutters

cookie_cutter_pumpkinsYou can use metal cookie cutters to add a new spin on an old tradition when it comes to “carving” pumpkins! To create this unique look is pretty simple, you will need to find pumpkins of unusual mix and match colors which should be available at any of your local nurseries or pumpkin farms. You may also want to buy a few extra pumpkins that you will just use for extra shapes of a certain color.
Before you begin using the metal cookie cutters, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the lid and inside the pumpkin. Now it’s time for the fun part, using the metal cookie cutters! Take the metal cookie cutter of your choice and press the metal cookie cutter into the pumpkin. You can use a small piece of plywood to provide even pressure on the metal cookie cutter and press the cookie cutter straight through the inside of the pumpkin if it is thin. If this doesn’t work because your pumpkin is a bit thicker you can try using a rubber mallet, tap the metal cookie cutter firmly until at least half of the cookie cutter has pierced the pumpkin. You can then remove the metal cookie cutter with a pair of long nose pliers. Once the metal cookie cutter has been removed, you can then take a small serrated knife and follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the shape. With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter shape from the pumpkin. Repeat this process with the your pumpkins of different colors. Finally, you can take the different color shapes made from the cookie cutter and place them in a different color pumpkin. cookie_cutter_pumpkins3cookie_cutter_pumpkins2

Photo credits: Better Homes and Gardens

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How to Make Frightening Furry Styrofoam Ball Spiders

furry_spidersFrighten your guests with these creepy crawly furry styrofoam ball spiders scattered on tabletops and amongst other Halloween decorations! These furry styrofoam ball spiders are easy to make with just a few simple craft materials.

Materials Needed to Make Two Styrofoam Ball Spiders:
2 – 1-1/2″ Styrofoam Balls
2 – 3″ Styrofoam Balls
8 – Black Pipe Cleaners
1 – Black Feather Boa
4 – Round Pearl Head Corsage Pins
2 – Toothpicks
General Use Scissors
Hot Melt Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Black Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Hobby Knife
Paintbrush and Accessories
Serrated Knife

Instructions:
1. First, take your serrated knife and cut the 1-1/2″ styrofoam balls in half. Set the flat edge of the styrofoam ball on a flat surface. Take your hobby knife and begin to cut out a curved section, so that the styrofoam ball head fits nicely with the round curve of the 3″ styrofoam ball body.
2. Take your toothpicks and insert them halfway into each styrofoam ball head. Make sure that is it centered into the styrofoam ball head. Push the remaining toothpick into the styrofoam body, aligning the flat edges. Add glue to secure the heads to the bodies and let dry.
3. Take your paint brush and paint your styrofoam ball spiders with the Black Apple Barrel acrylic paint and then let dry.
4. With your general use scissors, cut the black pipe cleaners in half. Stick each pipe cleaner into the styrofoam body, add a little glue to each section. After the glue has dried, bend the pipe cleaners to create knees and feet for the spiders.
5. Cut the black feather boa into two 9″ sections for each spider. Spiral one 9″ section of the black feather boa on the backside of the styrofoam ball spider and glue on. Do the same for the belly of the styrofoam spider. You now have two hairy creepy crawly styrofoam ball spiders ready for any Halloween setting!

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DIY Dracula Halloween Favor Boxes with Paper Mache

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Blood donors needed. See the Count! Here are easy step-by-step instructions to create and personalize your own Dracula favors boxes suited for any Halloween party or any other Halloween event!

Materials Needed:
Square Paper Mache Box
Unfinished Wood Furniture Buttons
Wild Iris Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Lavender Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Black Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
White Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Weldbond Universal Glue
Paint Brushes and Accessories

Instructions:
1. Begin by painting the bottom half of the paper mache box with the Wild Iris Apple Barrel acrylic paint then set aside and let dry.
2. Take the lid of your paper mache box and paint a heart shaped face using the Lavender Apple Barrel acrylic paint. Then paint the remainder of the paper mache box lid with the Black Apple Barrel acrylic paint for the hair. Set the paper mache box lid aside and let dry.
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3. Take the Wild Iris Apple Barrel acrylic paint and mix in a bit of the white Apple Barrel acrylic paint until you get a slightly darker shade of lavender than the Dracula’s face. Next, you can begin painting the Dracula’s nose. You can do this by painting one the unfinished wood furniture buttons with the newly mixed shade of purple.
5. You can use the black, and white Apple Barrel acrylic to paint on the face of Dracula. Take your remaining mix of purple and add small accents such as rosy cheeks onto your Dracula. Then let dry. Finally, take the Weldbond Universal glue and glue his painted wood furniture button nose on.
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Happy Halloween your Dracula paper mache box project is done…. have a fang-tastic night!

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How to Make Large Creepy Crawly Styrofoam Ball Spiders

styrofoam_ball_spidersWelcome your guests with these styrofoam ball spiders! Create these creepy crawly spiders with simple styrofoam balls and chenille stems! Check out BHG’s project to create these creepy crawlers!

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Create your own Halloween Critters – Wooden Clothespins Bats

bat_clothespinsCaution! Low flying bats. Welcome your guests with these clothespins bats hanging from the highest reaches of your house. You can clip these little critters onto branches, bushes, lights and more! Go to Martha Stewart project page on to make these fun creepy critters!

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