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Fun Fur Spiders!

18 Oct



With all of the beautiful pipe cleaners and fun fur available today, it’s easy to make cute spiders for your pumpkin patch (or anywhere)!


Materials for each spider:

4 pipe cleaners

1 pom pom

2 wiggly eyes

Fun Fur

Hot Glue



1. Cross the four pipe cleaners over each other like the spokes of a wheel and twist at the center to keep them together.








2. Allow one end of  Fun Fur to drop down below the middle, then start weaving the yarn in and out of the pipe cleaner “legs.”

3. When you think the body is the right size, cut yarn, and tie end to loose end at bottom of spider. Trim extra yarn.

4. Have an adult help you hot glue a pompom to the front of the spider for a head.

5. Add (at least) two wiggly eyes.



*If you would like a spider to be more puffy in the middle, glue an extra pompom to center of pipe cleaners before wrapping with yarn. Wrap yarn around it a few times before weaving through the legs. We did this for the orange spider.

*Add a piece of fishing line and let your spider dangle!


This craft was inspired by a craft my mom made in girl scouts. This spider used to have a paper head. It doesn’t look so good anymore!




Hanging Vases

2 Sep

IMG_20130902_142521Usually, we make up our own crafts, but we got this idea from Pretty Handy Girl.

It is a fun craft and these will make great presents. You can get the directions HERE.

We decided to make these because we had a lot of bottles like this:


The bottles were cute so we wanted to use them. One thing we did differently was that we used colored wire, and glass beads.


*The worst thing about this craft was removing the labels from the bottles. We finally used cooking oil to loosen the glue, then washed with hot water and cleaned with Windex.

Stamped and Painted Treat Jars

17 Oct



For Painted Jars


 1. Empty glass jars

2. Acrylic paint

3. Paint brushes



 1. Paint the jars and lids any way you want!


For Stamped Jars


 1. StazOn ink pad

2. Foam stamps

3. Empty Glass Jars



 1. Apply ink to stamp pad and stamp on jar!

(Note: think of this as “wrapping paper” for your jar. The ink will wipe off of jars, so use as a quick and cute decoration, but don’t expect it to last a long time. Painted images will last longer. Handwash the interiors gently if you want to reuse.)


Add candy and a battery operated candle for a cute Halloween light!


Halloween Table Tree

1 Oct

We were inspired to create this tabletop decoration after seeing similar ones in stores.  For the first ones we created, we transformed leftover yellow and white store bought “Easter Trees”. Then we created one from scratch, using an oak branch and an old flower pot.


 1. Dried tree branch

2. Flower pot

3. Cardboard

4. Scissors

5. Glue

6. Black Acrylic Paint

last year's spider rings, bracelets, and whistles

7. Paint brushes

8. Rocks

9. Glitter

10. Assorted Small Halloween items (We used leftover favors and jewelry from other years.)          



 1. Find a dead tree branch (we cut ours off of the deadened part of a tree)

2. Paint the branch black

3. Brush a small amount of glitter onto wet paint

4. Turn flower pot over onto cardboard and trace a circle

5. Cut out circle slightly smaller than the one you traced onto the cardboard. (Eventually, it will need to fit into the pot slightly below the top.)

6. Punch hole in middle of cardboard circle (to insert branch into later)

7. Spread glue onto circle and cover with glitter

8. Paint flower pot black

9. Sprinkle glitter onto wet pot if desired

10.When glue and glitter and glue is dry, assemble tree by adding rocks to the flower pot to keep it stable, then putting bottom of branch into cardboard circle and inserting into the flower pot. Use hot glue if to keep branch and circle in place if needed.

11. Now tie or glue items onto the tree.  Add glitter to desired items, like we did with the spiders!

RIP beneath the eyeball tree

ghosts and pumpkins with spangled spider



Pop Top Frames

12 Sep

We found these wooden frames for $1 at Michaels.  They are the perfect size and shape for two rows of bottle caps!



  1. Acrylic Paint
  2. Wooden Frame
  3. 40 Bottle Caps
  4. Strong Glue (we used Eco Glue)                                                                         


  1. Paint frame and allow it to dry.
  2. Arrange bottle caps on frame to decide on a design.
  3. Squirt glue around rim of bottle cap and stick to frame.   

This was easy and fun!






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Painted Books

16 Aug

Ever notice that some books, especially older ones, are covered in canvas?  They are!  So we thought we’d try painting on a few book canvases.  It was fun.  And the books were free.  We picked them up at the end of a library sale.


Old Books

Acryllic Paint

Paint Brushes


1. Use a pencil to draw a design on the cover of the book you are going to paint.  (Pencil marks erased easily for us after painting was complete.)

2. Dip your paintbrush into paint and begin painting!

Mixing blue and white to make the color for the water was fun!

Try painting both covers for a longer picture, or a front side with a surprise back!

My mom painted this picture of my grandmom's cat.

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Beaded Ornaments

11 Dec

We came up with this design a few years ago. Now making these ornaments is a Christmas tradition for us! Scroll down to see a more economical version of this craft.


  1. 3-4 inch eye pins
  2. Christmas charms
  3. Curved ornament hooks
  4. Glass Beads


  1. Open bottom of eye pin.
  2. Add charm and close.
  3. Slide beads onto eye pin from top, leaving about ¾ inch free of beads.
  4. Wrap end of eye pin over end of small paintbrush to create a loop.
  5. Feed loop through ornament hook.

You can probably get all of the supplies needed for this craft at Walmart or Michaels.  We purchased ours from Fire Mountain Gems and Shipwreck Beads (both online companies.) The ornamental hooks were purchased at Target.







Here is a More Economical Version of the Same Craft!


 Pipe cleaners or twisty ties. (Like the ones found on bread bags or garbage bags.)

  1. Beads, Buttons, or Sequins
  2. Jingle bells
  3. Ribbon


Attach Jingle Bell to end of pipe cleaner or twisty tie.

  1. Thread on beads, buttons, and or sequins.
  2. Leave about an inch of the pipe cleaner or tie free.
  3. Wrap it around a pencil or the end of a paintbrush to create a loop.
  4. Tread ribbon through loop and tie. (Some people like the ribbons even better than the ornament hooks.)

You may have everything you need for this version right at home.  Old beaded jewelry can be recycled for this project!

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