Gothic Newspaper Wreath


• photo by John L’abbe • This chard-looking GOTHIC HALLOWEEN WREATH is a haunting addition to your holiday decor.  Taking the premise of making crate paper floats, this project’s main materials are chicken wire and newspaper. MATERIALS chicken wire (2 feet width x 4 feet length) newspaper (cut into 10 inch x 10 inch squares) black matte spray paint orange ribbon... Read More

Hanging Pumpkins


Here is a fun and spooky way to display your pumpkins before all those ghouls and goblins start their annual trek to collect candy:  hanging your pumpkins from a tree.  Using an ice pick we punch two holes through the side of the each pumpkin and then use galvanized wire to hang from the limbs of a tree.  If the weather is cold enough, you can put them outside several days before... Read More

VIDEO • Owl Trick or Treat Bag


WHO is going trick-or-treating?  WHO has a bag to collect their candy?  WHO is  going to design their  bag?  WHO, WHO, WHO?  You are, with this  OWL TRICK OR TREAT CANDY BAG. That’s WHO 00000000! MATERIALS - template below and video in Video section of website owl template 1 brown bag with handles (this from Muji, 11″ x 17″) black matte spray paint cardboard drop... Read More

Skeleton Invitation


A Halloween Party is a brewing, and this SKELETON INVITATION could not be easier.  What sets this invitation apart and makes it pop is the black image and lettering against this wood-grain type of paper.  It was purchased from Paper Presentation in New York City which carries a wide range of paper and craft products for every holiday. You can download a skull image, paste into... Read More

Skeleton Trick or Treat Bag


Trick or Treat? This is a bag you can use up until Halloween and for those bolder individuals – year round. This SKELETON TRICK OR TREAT BAG is fun to create and will stand out from other Trick or Treat bags. MATERIALS Canvas bag Black gesso Sponge board Scissors Halloween image (skeleton template below) Sponge brush or roller Paint brush Pencil Piece of plywood or cardboard Iron DIRECTIONS 1.... Read More

Dead-ly Floral Arrangement


Here is a festive floral arrangement which will last you until Halloween – DRIED ROSES AND CHINESE LANTERNS. After you dry the roses, paint them with a flat black spray paint. Artificial Chinese Lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) were added that resemble tiny pumpkins. You can find them at your local craft store or these were purchased at Crate and Barrel for about $6. HOW... Read More

Arachnophobia Halloween Lanterns


Guide all those trick-or-treating witches, goblins and little monsters to your door this Halloween with some eight-legged ARACHNOPHOBIA LANTERNS. This black metal lanterns were purchased at IKEA for around $8.  We then copied different spider images off the internet, enlarged, and printed.  Next, we blackened in the spider images with a black marker and then cut to size to fit... Read More

A Framed Menu When Entertaining


Want a creative and fun way to display your next meal when entertaining? For this year’s Fourth of July picnic outing, we are using a white frame purchased for $1 at a dollar store.  Then using kraft paper the southern-inspired menu is printed out, cut to size, and place in the frame. photo by Kevin Michales  Read More

Pulled Pork Sandwiches


One of the best memories of living down south is all the finger-licking barbecue.  From chicken to ribs, if it was grilled or pulled it was always a wonderful way to dine during the summer.  This recipe for PULLED PORK SANDWICHES is just in time for your Fourth of July outing to the mountains or beach. INGREDIENTS 1 pound pork chops 1 cup barbecue sauce, like one’s with... Read More

Red, White and Blue Yarn Stars


Hanging RED, WHITE AND BLUE YARN STARS above your Fourth of July table or in your window are a festive way to celebrate the holiday.  Using a few simple items, you can do this project with your children. MATERIALS cardboard star template scissors, utility or exacto knife red, white and blue yarn (Lion Brand Yarn used clear tape ruler pencil or pen fishing... Read More


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