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Washi Covered Cookie Cutter Ornament

This cute, little ornament is perfect for a simple Christmas season!  Not only does it make a thrifty ornament for your own tree, but also is a great, thrifty gift for teachers, friends, etc.  Make several and have them on hand when you need a last minute little something to give!

You will need

Washi tape

Metal ornament

hook, twine, ribbon, or something else to hang ornament with

The possibilities with this are pretty much endless with the amount of choices out there for washi tape designs as well as the amount of shapes you can find cookie cutters in.  Its a little overwhelming to narrow the choices down!  I went with a snowman design because I have a weakness for anything snowman this time of year!  I had this cute, non Christmas washi tape on hand, and it matches my colors so I went ahead and used it instead of an traditional Christmas design.  Also, it is a little thicker than my Christmas tapes, so I was able to completely cover the edge of the ornament.

Once you have your cookie cutter and tape picked out, simply start on a side and press down the washi tape as you make your way around the ornament.  Be sure to press firmly to make sure there are no bubbles and that the tape is sticking all the way.

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Once you have gone all the way around the ornament be sure to cut your tape with scissors to leave a clean cut line as opposed to a jagged, ripped line.

Now you are ready to hang the ornament.  I used bakers twine, I love the looks of it.  Cut a long enough section that you can tie it off and still have enough to get over the branches.  Tie, hang and enjoy!  What a fun, easy craft!  This would also be something great to let the kids help make.  My kids love when they get to craft with me and this is relatively easy to do!

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Pretzel Skeletons, Halloween Snack

These little skeletons are so cute, you may not want to eat them!  Using candy coating and pretzels, you can make these fun, Halloween goodies perfect for your little goblins!

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You will need

Pretzels Sticks and mini twists

Almond bark

M&Ms for the eyes

Wax paper for setting up

Begin by melting your almond bark in the microwave for 90 seconds.  I did half a brick at a time.  If it isn’t melted, put it back in for another 20 seconds, taking it out to stir.  Continue those steps until it is melted all the way without chunks.

Once you have the candy coating melted, begin to put your pretzels in.  I started with a twist for the head.  Once it was coated, I fished it out of the candy coating with a fork.  I then allowed the excess candy coating to drip back into my bowl, and set the pretzel on the wax paper.  My pattern was 1 twist pretzel followed by 5 stick pretzels all horizontal under the twist to form the ribs.  Once the ribs are done, do another twist pretzel, but this time do it upside down.  Finally, you will be doing 4 more sticks and laying them for the legs and arms.  If you are using M&Ms for the eyes, now is when you will put them on too.  Continue doing this until all of your candy coating is gone.  I got 12 skeletons out of half a brick of candy coating.  When they were done setting up on the wax paper I used a thin, metal spatula to scoop them off the wax paper.  The skeletons will be fairly brittle in some places, mostly where the head and ribs connect.  Be sure to set them in an airtight container where they won’t be shaken around a lot to avoid them breaking before you are ready to use them.

Now you have a great, inexpensive snack for your kids, a Halloween party, maybe even a school party if you are going to take them yourself.  Not sure how they would hold up in the care of a rambunctious grade schooler!

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Witch Feet Cupcakes ~ Quick, Easy, Halloween Treats

Paper straws are big right now.  You can find all kinds of them all over right now.  When I saw these black and orange ones, I thought they looked like tights and came up with this idea.

You will need:

  • Cupcakes that are baked and iced
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Striped paper straws
  • Small witches feet cut outs (I cut mine out with my Silhouette machine, but you could find some by searching for them online and printing them off.  Mine were about an inch each)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

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Begin by cutting your straws into 3 sections.  Don’t stress too much if they aren’t perfectly even, you can push them down a little further into the cupcake.  You can then attach the shoes to the straw sections using hot glue.  Let them cool and make sure you remove any glue strings that may be hanging before putting them into the cupcake.

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I used some fall leaf sprinkles, maybe my witches were jumping into piles of leaves!  There you have a super simple party food that people will love and think is cute!  I served them at a family get together and the kids thought they were great!

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Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Votive Holders

These cute, little, illuminating jack o’ lanterns are much simpler than carving an actual jack  o’ lantern without the mess!  These are so great for the kids to decorate themselves, and then watch for their surprise when you stick a battery operated candle inside.  These are the perfect addition to your holiday party, line your walk with them for the trick or treaters or just make them for a fun family craft!  I am all for a jack o’ lantern that doesn’t make a mess, or get moldy way too soon!

You will need:

Orange plastic disposable cups

black sharpie markers

battery operated votives

I am pretty sure no directions are needed, with your cup upside down, you simply use a sharpie to put a face on your jack o’ lantern and then stick a battery operated votive in the opening.  If you are going to stick these outside, I would suggest sticking a small rock or something on top to prevent them from blowing away.

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Look how great they turn out in the dark!  My kids had a blast with these and can’t wait to make more!

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