Monday, October 31, 2011

Homemade Halloween Costume

My daughter wanted a unique costume to wear for Halloween this year. I found an idea online for a group costume for rock paper scissors and I thought to myself , self why can't I make that into a one person costume. So....I did. Here is the result.

I knew I wanted a rock for her head so I headed to home depot in hopes that they would have a rock cover for an outdoor speaker, but they didn't have any of those in stock. So plan B, I walked around until I thought of an idea for the rock. I found a styrofoam faucet cover for $.97 cents and some insultation in a bottle ($5.00) that you put around windows to seal them. Then I headed to the spray paint($4.00) to find a rock looking color. Then I headed to walmart and found the white sweatsuit ($10.00) for the paper. I drew the piece of paper lines on with my fabric markers. Then to round out the trio I found huge clown scissors at the dollar store. If I wouldn't have found them I would have probably made some scissors out of cardboard or taped a real pair of scissors together and put them on her outfit.

To make the rock I sprayed the insulation on the faucet cover and let it dry overnight. The next morning I sprayed to rock grey and hot glued it to 2 headbands. I tied the scissors around her waist with a belt so she could wear the sweats again.

Overall this costume costs me: $20.00, less than pretty much any costume I could find at Walmart or Target. Everyone seemed to like it.

Stump Centerpieces for Wedding

My friend wanted the reception to feel very fallish. She wanted the first thing that popped out when you walked in to be pumpkins because she loves them. So we came up with this idea to fill out the table centerpieces. Stumps carved with intials and heart and a pumpkin sitting on top.

Total Costs for this project:

Stumps = Free

Carving Tool = Free (on hand)

Pumpkins = 10 at $2.00 each $20.00 ( we borrowed many of them from friends fall displays)

Moss = 1 bag at Michael's at 40% off approx $3.00 - one bag did all the tables and more

Total Costs of project: $23.00

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cake Pop Holder

I love cake pops so it was a natural thing to make them for my friend's wedding. I have to admit they aren't the most attractive pumpkin cake pops I have ever seen(for some reason my chocolate never coats them perfectly like Bakerella???) but they were tasty and they looked adorable if I do say so myself. We put one at each place setting. All I did was go grab a few branches that had fallen in the woods, sawed them in pieces, and screwed holes in the top. Then I stuck in the cake pop sucker stick. Easy, Peasy, cute and tasty. Oh yeah, I added a thank you tag too!

Total Costs for 80 cake pops favors and stands:

Wood = free
Sucker Sticks = $2.00
Devil's Food Cake Mix(X2) = $2.50
White Icing(X2)=$3.00
Clear Bags(X2) = $2.00
Orange Chocolate Melts(X3)=$4.50
Paper and Ink = on hand FREE
Total = $14.00 for 80 favors (not too shabby :P)

Card Stump - Wedding

For th fall wedding we we're going with the natural theme. We live in a woodsy area and we figured we could make a lot of things from tree stumps and limbs that had already fallen over. We wanted to dress up th gift table so we created a card stump to hold all the cards from the wedding. It was very easy and looked great at the wedding. All you do is find a medium size stumped and cut some angled cuts in it...Easy peasy.....and best of all FREE! And as an added bonus you have firewood after the wedding. More ideas coming soon..keep checking back.

Costs for Project:

Stump = Free

Chainsaw to cut stump = Free (on hand but you could borrow from someone)

Total Costs: Free and you have firewood after the wedding :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cupcake Table

I recently helped a friend plan and implement her fall wedding. Here is a sneak peak of the big day. One of my favorite parts of the decor was the cupcake table but there are lots more fun ideas and I will posting them very soon. I hope you like this cupcake table as much as I enjoyed pulling it together.

Project Total not including cupcake ingredients:

Stumps = Free

Chainsaw to cut stumps = Free(on hand)

Cupcake liners = $4.00

Total: $4.00

I made 2 batches of pumpkin and 2 batches of apple cider cupcakes. There was a total of around 120 cupcakes used in this display.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Favors

Are you like me and have a hard time throwing anything away? I'm always thinking in the back of my mind....I'm sure I can do something with that. So today we will talk about my obsession with anything cardboard. Yes I have two containers full of toilet paper rolls. I know it's a little crazy but what's even crazier is my MIL came over last week and asked if she could throw some of them away and I panicked a little. You know, I have been saving those for a long time for something :) So I decided that the annual halloween party might be a good time to part with some of them. Here is what I came up with - Toilet Paper Halloween Party Favors. I just squeezed one end together sewed up the end, Stuffed some tiny treats in there and squeezed the other end another way and sewed it up, Punched a circle, cut out a bat and slapped it on there. I think they turned out really cute and they look like those sour cream containers everyone is making nowadays. If you covered the roll with paper first they would probably be even cuter.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Multiplication Fun

Natalie made it through the 4's with our last game so this week we made up another game for 5's.

Here's what I needed:

Electrical tape

Lazy Susan

Scrapbook Number stickers

Here's what you do:

Section off Lazy Susan into sections for numbers 0 - 12

Create an arrow on the table out of electrical tape

Place scrapbook # stickers 0-12 in each section

Start spinning and have fun.

5 multiplied whatever # the arrow is pointing to after each spin.