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Lego Goodie Bags – Halloween Treats That Aren’t Candy!

Did you know that you can order Legos by the color?  It’s true!  Makes it perfect for today’s craft project.  These little goodie bags are great for trick or treaters, a fun surprise for the kids in your life, or give them to your kids’ class as a fun alternative to candy at the class party!

You will need

Legos in choice of color (you need about 25 per bag)

Here you can find the white for the ghost, the red for the candy apple and the orange for the jack o lantern. I used a variety of sizes, but these will get you the basic 2×4 bricks.

Rounded goodie bags

bakers twine or yarn

sucker sticks for the candy apple

Begin by drawing your face on your baggies for your ghost or jack o lantern with a black sharpie.

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Fill up your baggies with legos.  If you are doing the candy apple, you will want to stick your sucker stick into the open end of the bag,  and tie off the top of the bag with your twine or yarn.  If you want to add a leaf to your candy apple or jack o lantern, cut a leaf shape out of green paper and tie it onto your twine before you tie the twine onto the bag.

Now you have a perfect little surprise for the ghouls and goblins in your life!  Why not give them something they will love, will last more than a moment and that they will remember every time they play with it?

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Candy Apple

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Ghost

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Jack o Lantern

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Jif Whips Review Pumpkin Pie Spice, Fun Fall ideas for Kids, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids #Jif, #Fall, #KidsLunchIdeasFall is here, which means everything pumpkin is on its way.  I happen to really enjoy pumpkin, so bring on the pumpkin recipe, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin decor and more.  My kids are like most kids and enjoy the sweet treats that come along with Halloween.  But I am not a fan of the sugar over load that turns my kids into crabby little monsters.  That is why I love this idea to make their sandwich festive and fun but a healthier choice too. Jif Whips Review Pumpkin Pie Spice, Fun Fall ideas for Kids, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids #Jif, #Fall, #KidsLunchIdeasI created the Peek-a-BOO  pumpkin sandwich for my kids lunch.  Everything about it is fun and sure to make kids smile, when they open up their lunch to see this fun surprise.  It is fast and easy to make too. Jif Whips Review Pumpkin Pie Spice, Fun Fall ideas for Kids, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids #Jif, #Fall, #KidsLunchIdeasJif Whips  has a new Pumpkin Pie Spice Jif Whips that is seriously AMAZING!  Smooth and creamy, and almost melts in your mouth. I love slicing up a crisp fall apple and using it as dip. If you like pumpkin you have GOT TO TRY IT, you will thank me later!  Jif Whips Review Pumpkin Pie Spice, Fun Fall ideas for Kids, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids #Jif, #Fall, #KidsLunchIdeasBut for this recipe I just used it in a the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I put the Jif Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice on  one side of the bread.  On the other side of the bread I used a small pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out the shape of a pumpkin.  The put jelly around it and put the two sides together.  Use sprinkles to fill in the pumpkin shape to make it look like a little pumpkin.Jif Whips Review Pumpkin Pie Spice, Fun Fall ideas for Kids, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids #Jif, #Fall, #KidsLunchIdeas

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Glass jar easy upcycle  , DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase #EasyCenterPieceIdea, #Decorations,#DIYDo you eve need a vase to give to a friend filled with flowers…. or just want something pretty on your table.  This DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase project is SO easy to make, but come out looking fabulous.   If you are looking for low cost center prices for a party, garden wedding or brunch this is a perfect solution.

Items Needed:

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Directions:

Coat the inside of your vase or jar with Modge Podge. If the opening is wide enough you can use a foam brush to paint it on. If not, pour a little in at a time and swirl the bottle until the inside is coated well.Glass jar easy upcycle

Immediately after applying the glue, add 1 cap full of Rit dye into the vase. If your container has a lid, close the lid, if not place a small piece of cardboard over the top and hold into place.Glass jar easy upcycle

Give the container a really good shake! Shake until the entire inside is colored.

Allow to dry for 24 hours uncovered.

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DIY ~ fall and halloween

Fun, creative ideas for your fall, Halloween and kids.
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Sewing Patches On a Scout Shirt – Its Easier Than You Think!

If you are like me, and have a scout, you have likely had a pile of patches collecting because they are a bit of a hassle to sew them on.  They take time, patience and you have to have some knowledge with sewing.  Fortunately if you know what you are doing with a sewing machine, you can actually whip through them pretty quickly!  The most troublesome part will be getting out your sewing machine!  Sound good?

You will need

Sewing machine

Thread

Patches to be sewn on

Pins

Sewing scissors

Begin by pinning your patches on.  I think the reason the task is so daunting for me anyway, is that I want them to be straight and attached well so that they don’t fall off.  Plus, my sewing skills are not great and if it is on something like that everyone can see my mistakes!  Ok, now that you know that I stress about really silly things… ;) on to the tutorial!

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Once your patches are pinned on, and your machine is thread with the correct color of thread, put your scout shirt in your sewing machine.  Make sure that you line up the patch as close to the edge as possible.  The great thing about scout patches is that most of them seem to have a rim around the outside that if lined up right, your machine will sort of use as a guide.  Be sure to hold your patch and straighten the fabric of the shirt as you go along to avoid any puckers.

Another bonus is how stiff they are.  That helps keep them in place somewhat. The biggest hassle with sewing multiple patches on is having to change your thread repeatedly.  If you are like me and procrastinated, be sure to sew all of your patches that are the same color on at the same time so you aren’t changing when it isn’t necessary.

Don’t forget when you are sewing, to begin and end by locking your stitches.  That just means to go back and forth with your machine so that the thread doesn’t come out, that would be frustrating!

You want to stay as close to the edge as you can without going off.  Be sure to sew slowly and hold your patch and shirt so that it is steady.

Once your patch is sewn on, you can trim your threads as close to the patch as possible so there isn’t a strand hanging.

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A new patch that I just recently learned about (I have been serving in my son’s scout troop for a while) are called Segment patches.  They are so fun!  You start with a circle patch that may differ depending on your council.  That is sewn on on the right side of the shirt under the pocket.  Leave it up far enough to still allow the shirt to be tucked in.

Once you have your round patch, each month the boys that participate get a small segment patch that is sewn on in a circle around the new patch.  You continue to sew those around each month and there are so many different segments for different things!  Seasonal, pine wood derby, service projects.  There are tons!  Not only are they cute, but then the boys that maybe haven’t earned any awards ares still being acknowledged and getting something for participating in the program.

So, are you into scouting?  Are segment patches something you do?  I have never seen them and I am interested in how many troops are using them!

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Easy Fall Art Project

Looking for an easy decoration for fall that doesn’t cost you a lot of money?  This little art project is so simple to make, completely customizable and you can add any stencil design so that it is totally one of a kind!

All you need

Canvas

Stencil

Paint in choice of colors as well as a dark paint for the top

paint brushes

mod podge

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Begin by painting your canvas in your chosen colors.  Now the important thing here is to be sort of random with your painting. I did stripes so that it wasn’t all one color.  Now, once you have painted your stripes, blend your lines together with your paint brush.  I used the same brush for all of it, and blotted it in between colors so that it wouldn’t end up being a yucky muddy color.

I used paint that I had on hand and wanted it to be fall colors.  I ended up using a burnt orange, mustard yellow and a dark blue.  Now, let your stripes dry good before you do anything else.

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Once your paint is dry add a thin coat of mod podge. Use the matte so that it doesn’t leave streaks.  Once you put on your mod podge and let it dry, your canvas will be a little tacky, which makes it easier to apply the stencil.  If you are using vinyl this is especially helpful because the vinyl tends to not stick to the canvas otherwise.  Peel off your stencil and apply to the canvas.  Apply the vinyl as if you were going to keep it on the canvas.  This way when you pull the stencil off, it will leave the colored canvas in it’s place.

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Once you get your stencil on, you are ready for a top coat in a dark color.  When painting over your stencil, be sure to blot, DO NOT RUB your paintbrush like you normally would.  If you do this, you will end up either getting paint under your stencil or pulling the stencil up off of the canvas.  Look in the top left corner of the photo above, that is where I accidentally did that very thing.  It is even more important with a canvas because it is already so hard to get the vinyl to stick!

Let the paint dry for a few minutes, and then pull off your stencil.  Use tweezers or something to grab the end to avoid smearing the  paint or getting paint under the stencil.  Just pull it off and toss it.  Once you have done that you are done!  I had a couple of spots with a little bleeding, but I think it adds to it to give it a weathered effect.  What do you think?  This would also be a great craft for the kids.  Let them paint the canvas and add a stencil for them.  They will love the surprise when you pull the stencil off!

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