Halloween Tips

Fall is here, so that means it is time for one of my favorite DIY projects. Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books! These can be made out of outdated manuals, books missing pages, old romance novels that should never be read again lol. Or just grab some cheap paperback books at a yard sale or thrift store.

Do you have a few old paperback books laying around, maybe a few with missing pages … and you need some Fall Decorations?  Well I have the perfect solution for you!   Turn that old book into an adorable pumpkin!  Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books, from start to finish takes about 30 minutes and is rather simple.

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books

You will need

  • Tree branch about 3 inches long for the stem
  • Ribbons or flowers in fall colors to decorate your pumpkin
  • Glue Dots or hot glue
  • Paperback Book 1 for a small pumpkin and 2 for a large pumpkin (I used 2)
  • scissors or cutting blade

Ok yes I know it goes against everything we have been taught to cut up a book…. If you are not willing to cut your own books just head to a yard sale or thrift store and you should be able it pick up a trashy romance novel for under $.25 and feel no guilt for cutting is up LOL.  If you want to make a large pumpkin you will need 2 books with about the same amount of pages.  If you want to make a small pumpkin use one book and cut both sides  from one book.  One out of the top and the other out of the bottom of the book.

Start out by making a pattern of “half a pumpkin” and draw it onto the back of your book.  Take 15-30 pages at a time and cut out the pumpkin shape.  If you get to many pages it becomes to hard to cut and takes longer… so fewer pages at a time is faster in the long run and looks nicer.  I used scissors but you could also use a cutting blade ( I just don’t trust myself with sharp objects lol)

Once you have  both of your books cut out (or two parts of the same book if you are doing a small pumpkin) trim up any pages that are larger than the rest.

Line up the two book spines back to back… you will want to keep the spines open or free from glue so you can push your stem in.  I used Glue Dots to glue the two books together.  I did cut the covers down a bit so any color would not show.  Glue your too covers together on both sides…. then glue a page over the covers so you see a printed page not a black cover when your pumpkin is on display.

Wedge your stem into the spine of the book, add ribbons and flowers and you are DONE!

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Oreo Cookie Bats, a fun and easy Halloween treat that is sure to make your family smile!  They are crazy easy to make too, oh and did I mention only 4 ingredients. Gotta love an easy recipe that is this adorable!

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Oreo Cookie Bats Easy Halloween Treats

How many of you have a Halloween party every year? Or maybe just watch a spooky movie and make some fun treats to share with your friends and family?  If you are looking for an EASY recipe that is spooky and cute then you are going to love these Oreo Cookie Bats. So easy that my 9 and 11 year old girls totally made these all by themselves.

Ingredients:

Directions

First step, you will want to melt your chocolate chips or melting chocolate. I do this by putting them in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Take them out and stir them each time, until smooth and melted.  I melted mine in a Ziploc bag, and then cut the tip off the corner to use it like a piping bag.  Make sure your whole is not too big. This will allow you to have better control of your melted chocolate.

Next you will want to take the filling out of your large Oreo’s. You just need the cookie part not the filling. You will need 1/2 of the cookie (or one whole side) for each bat you make.  Once you take the frosting out of the middle, break each side in half. This will now become the wings to your bat.

Place  the wings of your bat face down on a plate. The rounded edge is the top of the wing and the broken cookie part is the bottom. Add some melted chocolate to the tip of each of these, and put a mini Oreo on the middle. The mini Oreo will become the body of your bat.  These will need to sit, and allow the chocolate to firm up or your bats will fall apart.  If you are in a hurry move them into the freezer and they will firm up, within just a few minutes.

Once the chocolate has cooled and the wings are secured to the bat body. Flip over your bat and add two drops of chocolate to the front and attach the candy eyeballs. Allow for the chocolate to harden and you are ready to eat your Oreo Cookie Bats!

 

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How to make a Frozen Elsa Dress, NO SEWING made for less than $10

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How to make a Frozen Elsa Dress, NO SEWING required and made for less than $10.00.  Perfect for Halloween, dress up or a Frozen Party.  My cute little niece wants to be Elsa for Halloween. So I decided to see if I could make her a Frozen Elsa Dress, using the same concept that I used to make a Tutu a few years ago. It turned out adorable, so I thought I would show you how to make one too.

Refer to the video  How to make a Frozen Elsa Dress, if you have any trouble. Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostume  To make this dress all you need is:

I purchased these supplies at my local craft store (Michael’s to be exact).  I was able to purchase all the supplies for under $10 ( I did use a 50% off coupon on the large spool of white tulle).  BUT if your local store is out, or you don’t have time to shop you can order it online. Most of it ships for FREE too, just make sure to check shipping times.

Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostumeStart by cutting TWO pieces of  white tulle that will be the main base of the dress.   Measure around the child to see how big around (wide) the dress will be.  Make a small knot to mark the measurement of the child on the strip.  You then need to add at least 2-3 feet on each side of that to allow space for the ties (when you tie the dress on the child). Now you need to tie these two pieces of tulle to a chair, bar stool or something solid so you can start to tie your other tulle strips on to make your dress. Tie them in a bow at the bottom so they are easy to release from the chair.

Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostumeNow to figure out how LONG your dress needs to be.  You need to cut your dress strips TWICE the height you need the dress to be.  So if you want the dress 2 feet tall you need to cut 4 ft  strips.  I found it is easiest to have the person I am making the dress for reach their arms out side to side and have me wrap the tulle around and around then cut one end for even strips. Their arm width is the same as their height.  If you have a small child this task becomes hard so you can use a piece of cardboard or an adult holding their hands the width of what the child would be.

How many dress strips do you need?  Each dress will vary depends on how big around your child is.  But on average you need two strips per inch around the child.  So if you measured 20 inches around the rib cage, then you are going to need around 40-50 dress strips.

Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostumeCut ALL your glitter blue, and blue tulle strips (SAVE one (non glitter strip) back to use as a necktie for the dress).

Start in the middle of the white tulle that you tied to the chairs.  You want to start your first knot on the TOP row.  Fold the tulle in half, create a loop on the top half, put it UNDER the white tulle and then bring the bottom thru the hole to create a knot.  The glitter tulle is stiff and hard to work with, so don’t give up. The other strips will be much easier.

Remember you can refer to the video  How to make a Frozen Elsa Dress, if you have any trouble.

Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostumeOnce you get the upper knot done, you need to then tie a knot on the bottom row of white.  Lay the tulle over the bottom white strip, and wrap the blue tulle up and around to create another knot.  Pull that knot tight and start the process over again.  Do one on each side, over and over till you run out of blue glitter strips.  Next move on and do the same thing with the light blue tulle (without glitter), do one on each side over and over.

Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostumeOnce you are done with all the blue dress strips start adding the white strips.  One to each side, then repeat the process again. Once you are done tie a blue strip right in the middle to use as a neck tie or halter tie. Double check to make sure you have enough white strips to go around to cover the child’s back.

Frozen Elsa Dress, How to make a Disney Frozen Elsa Dress with NO SEWING and made for UNDER $10, #Frozen, #ElsaDress, #ElsaCostumeAt this point you are done… simple as that you have made a FROZEN ELSA dress.  Low cost, but adorable as can be!  The dress took me less than 30 minutes to make, but if it is your first time it might take you 45 minutes to an hour.

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I made this video to show you step by step how to make a Frozen Elsa Dress, feel free to watch it if you have any trouble with the directions or making the dress.  How to make a Frozen Elsa Dress VIDEO, no sewing and made for under $10.00. 

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