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Easy Minecraft Inspired Costumes~DIY

Looking for an easy, quick and thrifty Halloween costume?  Does your child love Minecraft as much as mine?  Well then you are in luck!

These costumes were easy and just required a little patience to put together.

For “Steve” (That is the main character’s name on Minecraft) I started making my own head out of paper and a box.  It was awful.  Didn’t look like him nearly as much as I would’ve liked.  Not to mention that my son hated it! ( Thankfully he was gentle on my feelings and didn’t say it quite like that ;). )  So I had to find a plan B.  I found this printable here.  I would recommend taking it to a print shop to get high quality prints and so you don’t waste your ink! Get it printed on thick photo paper, or cardstock.  Once I had my head put together  TIP: allow yourself some time.  The ends of my prints were cut off so some of the pieces were shorter then they should’ve been so it took some playing around to get it attached just right.  Use glue (I used Mod Podge so I could brush it on how I wanted it,  and get a good hold) to attach your pieces.

That website also has a link to some tools for your Minecraft character to carry around.  We chose the pick ax that he posted here.  We found this incredibly confusing to put together, if you do too, in his comments is a link to a you tube video he made with detailed directions.  It helped a lot!  Put on a blue shirt, jeans and grab your pick ax and they are ready to go!

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My next son wanted to be a ghast.  Yes a ghast.  Apparently they aren’t called ghost like I thought they were.  I found a square box.  Everything in the Minecraft world is cubes.  I covered the box in white butcher paper.  Wrapping paper or craft paper would also work.

For him I cut a large hole on the top of the box for his head.  You don’t want it to be so big that it falls off of their shoulders.  Also cut 2 holes in the sides for arms.  I used round lids for my patterns and a box knife to cut them out with.  For extra protection from getting ripped, I put clear packing tape around the openings, just to help keep them protected from being ripped.   After all, kids aren’t know for being gentle on things!

Black paper would work for the face, but I used scraps of vinyl that I had.  Electrical tape would also work great!  Add some white streamers to the bottom, a white shirt underneath, and your little ghast is ready to go!

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Trunk Or Treat~ Easy Way To Decorate Your Trunk

Looking for a quick, last minute idea to decorate your car for a trunk or treat? If you don’t know what a trunk or treat is, that is where you meet in a parking lot with a group of people and go trick or treating to each vehicle.  Its easy, quick and safe (no worries about your kids out walking on the dark streets where a vehicle may not see them).

This face was done in minutes and gives my boring trunk some personality.

You will need:

3 paper plates

black paper

glue

ruler

pen/pencil

scissors

Tape

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Begin by using your ruler and pen/pencil to divide one of the plates into quarters.  Then cut them.  These will be your teeth.

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Set the teeth aside and begin on your eyes.  I traced a small bowl on my black paper to get my inner eye.  Trace, cut, and then glue one black circle to each of your remaining paper plates.  There is your eyes.

Tape them on the back of your car and you are ready for the trunk or treaters!

Happy Halloween!

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We sat down to make some fun Halloween cards with the kids.  They are simple but oh so cute and the kids had a blast making them!

You will need

  • Glue
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Black Ink (washable)
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • White card stock
  • Halloween themed scrap book paper

This works best with little hands (or larger kids make Finger Print Spider Card).  First cut the white card stock to the size you would like.  Next ink your child’s hand with black ink and press it down on the paper towards the bottom of the card.  Use a sharpie marker to draw in the web and lettering.  Glue on to pattern paper and glue on wiggly eyes at the end!

On a side note make sure you are using washable ink…. I used permanent ink by mistake and my little guy ran around with a black hand the rest of the week….lol.

More Halloween Ideas…

Juice Box Mummy’s

Quick and easy Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Pretzel Pumpkins

FREE Printable Halloween Owl Cupcake Toppers

FREE Halloween Printable Cupcake Toppers

Hootie Owl Cupcakes

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books 

Candy Corn Marshmallows  

Finger Print Spider Card

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Accent the Party has some great FREE Halloween Printable Cupcake Toppers! These make a boring cupcake come to life and they are SO easy to make.  Just print them off onto cardstock cut them out or use a circle punch attach them to a stick or toothpick and you have a Halloween treat that is a work or ark.

You can print the following…

Pumpkin
Witch Hat
Haunted House
Bubbles
Trick or Treat

More Halloween Ideas…

Quick and easy Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Pretzel Pumpkins

FREE Printable Halloween Owl Cupcake Toppers

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Halloween was  a day I looked forward to  ALL YEAR long as a child…. because it meant FREE candy for me.  But now that I am a Mom I dread that sugar turns my kids into grumpy ZOMBIES and cranky little stinkers due to the handfuls of candy they shove into their mouths.  That  is why I LOVE these fun Juice Box Mummy’s, healthy and fun!

To get started all you need is :

  • Juice Boxes (or raisin boxes work too)
  • Tape ~ I used scotch electrical tape found at a Lowe’s or Home depot.  Or you can use masking tape
  • Brown or grey ink (optional)
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Glue and scissors

Start by putting tape on the top but make sure you leave the straw hole open so you can drink the juice :)  Rub the stamp pad over the juice box then take a tissue to rub off the extra ink.  This will help the “mummy layers” show up.  Use glue or glue dots to attach the eyes.  You can make them up in advance, since they are still sealed.

More Halloween Ideas…

Quick and easy Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Pretzel Pumpkins

FREE Printable Halloween Owl Cupcake Toppers

FREE Halloween Printable Cupcake Toppers

Hootie Owl Cupcakes

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books 

Candy Corn Marshmallows  

Finger Print Spider Card

 

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Ghost window cliing, #pressandseal, #Glad, #Ghost, #window art, #windowcling, #Halloween, #fall, #spooky

 

Ghost Window Cling~ Thrifty Halloween Decor

It doesn’t get thriftier or easier then this ghost!  Really, all you need is a roll of Glad Press and Seal Wrap and some scissors.

The wrap clings, but isn’t super sticky, making it easy to apply and remove when Halloween is over.

Simply roll out your wrap on a flat surface (make sure it is clean, the wrap will pick up any crumbs or debris that it is laid on) and trim to the desired shape and size.  The best part is that since ghosts don’t have any specific shape or size, you can really customize it and get just the look you are wanting.

Carefully stick it to the window, Begin at either the top or bottom rubbing gently with your hand to get any air bubbles out.

And there you have it!  Thrifty, easy and cute!

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