Fun Frankenstein Lanterns (Craft)

Fun Frankenstein Paper Lantern Craft

If you have smaller kids, sometimes you don’t want to Halloween to be so scary or gory- so here’s a little fun Frankenstein Lantern you can whip up. He looks great sitting on a mantel or you can put him outside in good weather- he lights up and would look great guiding trick-or-treaters to your door!  I’ve included some Amazon links to make your shopping easier. I’ll earn a few pennies if you choose to make a purchase, so thanks […]

Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! And today I’m going to show you how you can use Krylon Frosted Glass Effect to make a spooky design on your goblets… and then […]

FloraCraft Smooth Finish

Painting Smooth Finish vs Unfinished Styrofoam

I love products that help me use the craft supplies I already have in my arsenal in even more ways. I think it is because I like to sew. Take the same sewing machine, add a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, or a walking foot, and suddenly your sewing machine can handle new tasks. That’s what Smooth Finish is. It is like a buttonhole foot for your Styrofoam® crafts. Before I get into all that craziness, let’s start with what […]

Halloween Count-Down Photo Frame using Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage

Martha Stewart Decoupage by PlaidCrafts

Halloween is one of my families favorite holidays…and this year it’s even a little more special because we have a foreign exchange student celebrating with us. (Did you know that Halloween and Trick-or-Treating has spread to Italy? Go figure.)   To get geared up, we put out some decorations and I whipped up this little photo frame using Martha Stewart Decoupage materials. The stars of the show are the Multi-Surface Durable Gloss Finish and the Glow-In-The-Dark Finish. But I also […]

How-To: Glow-In-The-Dark Polymer Clay Sugar Skulls (Calaveras)

Glow In the Dark Polymer Clay Sugar Skulls (Calaveras) for Day of the Dead

I’m a big fan of Halloween- always have been. And when I learned about Mexico’s Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos), I was even more smitten. To celebrate both, I created these glow-in-the-dark Calaveras of polymer clay, my version of the traditional sugar skulls. I’ve made a few photo collages to help you learn how I did it. You don’t need much- some Glow-In-The-Dark polymer clay, scraps of colored clay, and a frame of your choosing. (I used […]

31 Halloween Craft Ideas and Glitterville Handmade Halloween Book Giveaway

Win a SIGNED copy of your very own!!!

It’s for real now- Halloween is really on it’s way! We have less than 3 weeks to get cookin’ on our Halloween crafting and goody-making, so I though I’d help you out with 31 fun Halloween Craft Ideas (and that includes food crafting, too) so you can find some great inspiration to spring-board your weekend! Here’s a linky of some really fun craft project for you to check out! Now…are you inspired? Because I have one more thing for you! […]

How-To: Graphic Candles for Halloween

Now you have some creepy-cool Halloween Decor!

I really love to decorate for Halloween- each year I add something special/different to my mantel display. Since I’d recently reviewed Scrapbooking Attitude, I knew it would be perfect for adding a cool, spooky vibe to my dollar-store candles! To make this fun Halloween craft, you’ll need: Dollar-store candles Scrapbooking Attitude Printable Film & printer scissors glue sticks Halloween paper ribbon punch (I used one from EK Success) black cardstock If your images include text, you’ll need to prepare your […]

Kid’s Halloween Craft: Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Tote

Halloween Craft: Glow-in-the-Dark Trick or treat tote from

Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are so excited. As a Mom, though, I’m worried about safety after dark. So my son and I came up with a Halloween Craft- a tote bag that he could make (and meet his specifications of  “being cool” ) and I would be happy that it would provide some additional visibility on his route. You’ll need: Natural or white canvas tote Simply Spray Fabric Paint (We used lime green.) Tulip Slick […]

Food Craft: FrankenMallow Pops!

Mallow Pops

What do you get when you cross Frankenstein with marshmallows? FrankenMallow pops, of course! This is a ridiculously simple and cute snack for Halloween, and you only need a few supplies and an hour to make enough for the whole class. You need: Jumbo Marshmallows lollypop sticks (like these ones from Wilton Color Mist food spray in Green and/or powdered food color in orange Wilton decorating gels in black and white TIP: Just to make every thing go more […]

Mad Hatter Halloween Centerpiece

Mad Hatter Centerpiece

Oh, how I love Halloween! And I’m always looking for another centerpiece or table decoration to dress up my decor. The folks at challenged me to take one of their accessories and turn it into a decoration of some sort- so I jumped at the chance! So for today’s post, I’m going to show you how I took their fabulous Mad Hatter hat and turned it into this show-stopper for my piano. For this project, I used: Mad Hatter […]

Upcycle Craft: Halloween Witch Shoes


Last week I played with the new Martha Stewart Paints line, and got really excited- maybe over-enthusiastic- with the glitter paint and Tintable Fabric Medium. The result? Some rockin’ witchy shoes to round out my Halloween costume. Here’s how I did it. First, I mixed the Tintable Fabric Medium with Sugar Cube Glitter Paint by Martha Stewart (available at Michael’s) in a 2-to-1 ratio. I painted the sides of the shoes with this color, then painted the tops and heels […]

Trick Your Pumpkin Contest Runner Up & How-To

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Or, as they say, “Always a Bridesmaid, never a Bride.” – NAH! Just kidding! I got word yesterday that I was one of 5 “Runners-Up” in the Plaid Trick Your Pumpkin Contest. How awesome is that? The celebrity judges included : Candie Cooper, jewelry artist and designer Cathie Filian & Steve Piacenza, TV hosts, designers and lifestyle experts Melody Ross, scrapbooking maven and designer Marisa Pawelko, winner of the CHA Craft Indie Contest, Amy Anderson, craft […]

Fall Party Juice Box Cuffs or Napkin Rings

Have the kids help with the sanding!

I’m the mom to two kids, and I love to participate in their school events. A few years ago I came up with the idea of decorating the juice boxes for their Halloween class party- I mean, why shouldn’t the drinks be as cute as everything else? And this year I’ve modified the design so that the kids can take the cuffs OFF the juice boxes and take them home to use as napkin rings…or wear as bracelets! So here’s […]

Winner of Creepy Cute Crochet & Halloween Soap Fun

Start with glycerin soap base- add a few drops of fragrance if tolerated.

OK, first of all thanks to all who visited and left comments on the Creepy Cute Crochet book post. It IS a stinkin’ cute book and I need to sit down and give it a whirl! We had 23 comments, and selected: Generator Min: Max: Result:20 (Except on the side, the “Max” was 23. Don’t know why it’s showing up as 100 here. ??) So…that’s SADA! She said, Sada Says: 21. October 2010 at 4:26 pm eLove this book! […]

Vintage Halloween Charm Banner & Giveaway WINNERS

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What do you get when you add vintage post card images from Dover, Mod Podge in 4 formulations, and some Plaid Extreme Glitter paint? A cool door decoration, of course! I started by printing out some copyright-free images from the Dover Halloween Collection that I reviewed a few weeks back. Then I gave them a quick coat of Matte Mod Podge to seal them. (Handy tip- only swipe over the image once. The colors will bleed if you brush back […]

Mega-Glam Pumpkin Topiary

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Those of you who know me personally know that I’m….um…. a “big” personality. I’ve been a professional singer, a public speaker, and done musical theater. As a result, I tend toward the flamboyant and glamorous. So why shouldn’t my fall decorations reflect that?? (Or in other words, I couldn’t make a “normal”- looking pumpkin topiary. I tried.) If you like over-the-top, this pumpkin topiary is for you! You’ll need: 3 “Funkin” faux pumpkins in 3 sizes black feathers black satin […]

Halloween Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Tote!

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I published this craft earlier this week on CraftsUnleashed– but here it is (with a slightly different product list). Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are so excited. They’ve been talking about what their costumes would be since May! However, I’ve noticed that most folks give little thought to the actual bag they will carry to hold all of their trick-or-treating goodies. Here’s a fun, interactive craft you and your kiddos can do together. You’ll need: Natural […]

Halloween Treat Favor Cones & Party Display

Halloween Party Favor Treat Cones

I love the tradition of May Day cones- little paper cones filled with flowers or treats that you hang on a doorknob as a random act of kindness. I’m putting my own twist on these and making little cones filled with yummy treats for Halloween! You’ll need: Black magic Core’Dinations Cardstock Cuttlebug Scalloped Circle Nestabilities dies or punch of your choice Glitter Foamie Spider Stickers or whatever you’ve got Black and orange pom pom assortment Tape Runner Black Tulle 1/4 […]

Halloween Crafting Roundup

(*tick, tick tick….*) Hear that? It’s Halloween approaching! And if you wanna get some fun Halloween crafts FINISHED before the 30th, it’s time to get cracking! Here are some great crafts from great crafters to get you inspired: Jennifer Perkins at The Naughty Secretary Club blog has a super-cute shrine craft (which is actually a kit by the Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo.) Speaking of Kathy, she’s giving away some goodies over at Ilovetocreate with a shrine contest! Youcan read the […]

Baby Onesies for the Cure

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It’s October and time for breast cancer awarenss month. This year I’m crafting for the cure by making baby onsies that sport a super-cute and blingy pink ribbon. This is also a super-easy craft to do, with few simple items. I made mine using the Memory Makers’ “Slice” to cut out my template, but you could do that by hand. So here’s what I used and how I did it: Materials: Baby snap-suit (Onesies is TM’d by Gerber, BTW) or […]