Here are a few Halloween Party Hacks that are too easy!
You can picked up the brain mold we used at the Dollar Tree and don't forget to use a non-stick spray in the mold. It will help the Jello easily slide out later.
Tip: Gloves should not have powder on the inside.
We found the best candy (ghost & pumpkin peeps and gummy eyeballs at Walgreens.
Punch recipe: ?
32 oz Cranberry juice
24 oz Pineapple juice
32 ounces Ginger Ale
2 powder-free vinyl gloves (for ice hand)
Love these poster board bat cutouts. Makes a huge visible impact and only cost $2.00.
Download the template for free. ?
Y'all it's Coffee and Crafting time! We are making a Boho Style Natural Wood Wall Art piece. (You can make this into a wreath too.) ?
It's super easy and inexpensive. Hope you will make one and share a photo of your creation in the comments below. ?This is a great project to do with your FRGs, milso groups, friends, and your kiddos.
Total cost under $5.00 ?
Branches | Faux Flowers/Leaves | Cloth | Jute Chord | Yarn | Hot Glue | Scissors | Tape
Here are two fun treats you can make with your kids that will sure to be a hit.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
These are super easy.
8 oz chocolate chips
1 quart of strawberries (washed and dried)
If the strawberries are wet the chocolate will not stick.
Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals. 3 intervals should do it. Mix after each interval.
Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and place on wax paper til chocolate hardens.
If you want to get a little extra, melt a 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and drizzle over strawberries. Too easy.
Military Themed Conversation Hearts
I loved conversation heart candies when I was a kid. Here is a homemade version we created with a military theme.
What you will need.
Gum paste (you can use already made gum paste in a tub or in powder form. We purchased in powdered form and followed directions on bag to make paste).
Gel coloring (we used yellow, pink, green and purple)
Flavoring (we used lemon, watermelon, and peppermint)
Small heart cutter
Edible ink pens
Measure out about 1/2 cup of gum paste.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on your work surface so gum paste does not stick to it.
Knead gum paste for 30 seconds
Add 5-8 drops of flavoring, knead to combine flavor.
Add 1-2 drops of food coloring, knead until color is throughout gum paste.
Using a rolling pin, roll out gum paste to 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
Using small heart cutter, cut out hearts and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Let dry for 48 hours.
Using edible ink pen write message on hearts.
This is one of my favorite recipes to make during the holidays, fresh cranberry sauce with orange zest sand cinammon. Delish!
Fresh Cranberries (2x 12 oz bags)
1 cup of oranges juice
Zest of one orange plus juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1.5 cups of sugar
In a saucepan dissolve sugar in orange juice. Add cinammon sticks, fresh cranberries and zest and juice of one orange. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium/low and simmer til the liquid is gone and craberry sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Refrigerate when cool.
I used these Oui yogurt jars and covered with parchment paper and twine to secure. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary. Set a jar of cranberry sauce on each place setting or deliver a few to a neighbor.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I love sharing easy DIYs to decorate your home for any holiday and this Halloween Yarn Garland is a simple and inexpensive one to make. Not to mention the kiddos love it!
This photo was from a surprise Fall Home Decor Makeover for a military family. Click here to see the full makeover.
There are two methods you can use to make these.
Repeat pumpkin steps to make the spiders, no leaves here, but use black pipe cleaners to make the legs. Attach legs to the bottom of the yarn with hot glue and cover with a round piece of black felt to keep the legs secure.
To string the yarn pumpkin, spiders and ghost on the jute cord tie a pieces of fishing line through the yarn and tie a knot making a large loop so they can hang on the cord.
Hope you enjoyed this nifty little craft.
This pegboard organizer is a fast and inexpensive DIY. It's a great way to personalize your nursery with what design style you may be going with.
Materials you'll need:
Pegboard (We had a brown one and painted it white)
10 foot 1 x 3 (Cut to the size you want. We had ours cut for us at a local home improvement store 2 x 40 inches and 2 x 16 inches)
Hanging baskets (These are from At Home)
Nail gun or hammer and nails (Ryobi)
Blue Chalk Paint
Cut pegboard to the size you want. Ours was 40 inches wide and 20 inches tall. Create a frame around the pegboard with 1 x 3 cut to size (width and height). Put wood glue on back of wood frame pieces, lay over top of peg board and nail in place.
I am so excited about this 4th of July. It will be the first time in years that my husband and I are together for this day in years. Winner! No deployments or TDY or summer projects that will have had us apart. It's the simple things that make me happy. So let's jump right in. I created a video to share a few tips and tricks to setup a wonderful 4th of July event.
This Patriotic Very Berry Spritzer is one of my favorite beverages to make for the summer. You can switch it up an make it our own. Maybe switch out the strawberries for raspberries or add star fruit.
What you will need:
1 large bottle of mineral water
1-2 cans of Lemon-Lime Soda or Lemonade
2 - cups fresh cut strawberries (you can use frozen too)
2 - cups of Fresh blueberries (you can use frozen too)
Sweeten to taste with sugar or Stevia (we did not add sweetener)
Water and Ice
We used a large mason jar dispenser. If you are making a smaller pitcher you could adjust the amounts accordingly.
Fill the mason jar dispenser with 8 cups of water and add 6 cups of ice. Squeeze the juice of the lemons and pour into the dispenser. Pour in 1 bottle of mineral water (San Pallegrino), pour in 2 cans of lemon soda (Limonata), add strawberries and blueberries. It's that easy. You can sweeten if you would like.
I enjoy creating tablescapes, but I'm always looking to do it on a budget. I had the silverware (IKEA) and the wicker chargers (Walmart) on hand. The blue dishes are from Target at $6.00 a place setting, the red napkins from the Dollar General the chinoiserie vase is from Ross $6.99.
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Creating a 3D paper flower focal piece for our surprise bedroom makeover was one of my favorite things to make. Catch the episode right here.
Use the template to trace the pedals onto the paper you will be using. The largest pedal will take an entire 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. I recommend practicing first with white copy paper to figure out how to do it. Arrange other pedals on the paper to get the most pedals from one sheet of paper.
For a large flower you will need:
7 pedals of A
7 pedals of B
7 pedals of C
5 pedals of D
5 pedals of E
(you can use more pedals for a fuller look)
Cut all pedals you have traced.
Cut a 2 inch slit a the bottom of the pedals.
Use the edge of the table to shape the top of pedal creating a curve. To avoid creasing the paper press on the paper lightly as you move it paper pedal across the edge of the table.
Place hot glue on the edge of one of the slits and then place the other side of the slit on top of the hot glue.
Secure all the pedals on a piece of cardboard. (We used a paper plate) Work from the outside in using the largest pedal first.
Take your time a have fun with it. If you have any questions, drop us a comment and we will be glad to help you.
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