How to Make an EASY, No-Carve, Mini Minion Pumpkin

Make an EASY, no-carve Minion pumpkin in just a few steps: paint the head (whole pumpkin), hair (stem), eye, and mouth, then glue elastic trim to the lid of a favor tin or jar. You'll save tons of time by choosing a small pumpkin and only decorating the head. :) We don't have kids yet, but I LOVE animated films. Every time we walk out of the theater I have to pretend that the sad scene didn't just almost make me cry. (Remember the "Married Life" montage in UP? Yeah...)

Anyway, if you don't feel like carving anything this year, delight your neighbors with some mini Minion pumpkin heads!

Supplies Needed:

  • A small pumpkin
  • Acrylic or craft paint in yellow, black, and white. Optional: brown (I didn't have brown paint, so I mixed black, white, gold, and red.) *If you want to speed up the process, get a small can of yellow spray paint.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black elastic trim (available in the ribbon or fabric aisle at craft stores)
  • A small favor tin, jar lid, pie plate, or cardboard and tin foil (see step 6)

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  1. Paint the entire pumpkin yellow. It took me about 5 coats to properly cover the orange, so if you don't have that kind of time, I recommend using spray paint or a super opaque yellow.
  2. Paint the stem black for the hair. (I've seen a lot of people use black pipe cleaner for hair, too.)
  3. Paint a white circle for the eye. (I traced around my favor tin to get the right size.)
  4. After the white is dry, paint the iris, then the pupil.
  5. Paint the mouth.
  6. To make the goggle, I used the lid of a favor tin I had stored in a box labeled Someday I will find a use for this stuff. If you don't have a favor tin lying around, you can use a jar lid (the kind that separates into two pieces). You can also cut a circle out of a pie plate or make a goggle out of cardboard and tin foil. Get creative! After measuring the circumference of your pumpkin, cut a piece of black elastic trim and glue the ends to your goggle. Slide the goggle around your minion head and you're done!

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Hope you have fun decorating your pumpkins! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

DIY Dog (or Toddler) Tutu

Tutorial for an easy DIY Dog Tutu [pinit]

 

Halloween is right around the corner, so if you're looking for a cheap and easy DIY tutu, here it is! It's perfect for dogs (and kids) of any size. :)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1-4 spools of 6" wide tulle (find these near fabric and ribbon at your local craft store)
  • Velcro (we used the self adhesive strips, but you can also glue or sew these on)
  • Elastic (at least 1" wide for medium to large dogs, 1/2" wide for small dogs)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler

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Instructions:

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

1. Measure and cut the elastic that will go around your dog's waist. You can stretch it just a tad so it stays put, but leave extra room for the overlap where your adhesive Velcro strips will go.

2. For a medium or large dog, cut about forty 24" strips of tulle. For a small dog, start with about a dozen 12" strips. Adjust the length according to your needs, keeping in mind that you'll need a strip that is twice the desired skirt length. Our 60 lb. dog required 40 strips for her 18" waist; therefore, we used about 27 yards of tulle total.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

3. Fold each strip of tulle lengthwise and make an angled cut (like you're cutting ribbon). In the photo above, the folded edge is on the right and the open edges are on the left.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

4. Now it's time to tie the tulle to the waistband. Fold each strip in half, then pull the ends through the loop (see the coral ribbon in the photo). Repeat until your elastic is almost filled. Alternate colors, use one color, or make it random!

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Keep going...

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

5. When you get to the ends, attach your Velcro. (The adhesive strips we purchased didn't stick very well, so you may have to reinforce the Velcro with hot glue.)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

6. Last step: Break out the dog treats, try on the tutu, and take a photo. :)

In general, Nani is really patient about getting "dressed up," but this tutu didn't seem to bother her one bit. I think it's because it only goes around her waist and she can sit down and move about without a problem. Hats and such, on the other hand, will only stay on for a minute or so.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Color Me Crafty

Printable Coloring Sheet for Halloween // for adults [pinit]

 

Do something creative the next time you need a break from work :: COLOR! Just print this page, grab some markers or colored pencils, and feel the stress melt away. Our Halloween-inspired PDF will print two mini signs per page, so share with a coworker or use one for practice. (Note :: This design has some intricate detail so it's not really meant for small children.)

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Free Halloween Printable for Adults and Teens // If the broom fits, take it for a spin!

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Or...if you just want a cute Halloween sign to decorate your home or office, print the finished sign you see above.

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Enjoy!

DIY sushi roll costume for pets | bearded dragon

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Sooo, I may have gotten carried away with the Halloween DIY this year, BUT I still love this. After making one of these for our dog, I decided to make a *mini* version for our bearded dragon. (She was in a bad mood because the dog was staring at her, so we only left it on for a few minutes.)

Supplies (for 1 mini salmon sushi roll costume):

  • 3 small pieces of felt: black, white, and orange
  • 12 inches of peach ribbon (I used velvet ribbon)
  • a pair of scissors
  • thread
  • a needle
  • hot glue gun (and a hot glue stick)
  • cotton or synthetic stuffing (cotton balls would also work)

Instructions:

  1. Trim all of your felt pieces so that they fit your animal: 1 long black piece for the seaweed, 2 rectangular orange pieces for the salmon, and 2 rectangular white pieces for the rice. The black piece should be wide enough to go around their middle (with space to spare). You basically make two felt pillows for the rice layer and salmon layer, so measure accordingly. Keep in mind the rice and salmon pillows should be wider than the seaweed.
  2. Stitch 3 of the 4 edges together on the pillows, then stuff them. Sew up the opening.
  3. Decide how you want to place the ribbon over the orange pillow, then trim into 4 pieces. Attach the ribbon with hot glue. Be sure to glue all the way to the edges. Trim the excess ribbon.
  4. (OPTIONAL) I stitched the two pillows together to flatten them a bit. This helped them stay on her back.
  5. Since this is only a temporary costume, I wrapped the black felt around her belly with the pillows on top. It stayed on long enough for a few photos. (If you have trouble keeping it on there, try tying a soft piece of black yarn around the sushi roll.)

*No animals were harmed in the making of this costume. :) DO NOT keep this on your small pet/reptile for more than a few minutes, and keep an eye on them the whole time.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

DIY halloween décor | pumpkin painting, socal style

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This is how we celebrate fall in the west. :)

We jumped on the pumpkin-painting bandwagon this year, and went to town with the spray paint. Meet Matte Black, Metallic Chrome, and Charlie Brown Chevron:

DIY Halloween decor, pumpkin painting, chevron

Painting pumpkins is waaaay easier than carving them. Even the asymmetrical chevron/zig-zag pattern wasn't too bad. I just used blue tape to cover the parts I didn't want painted, then sprayed away.

 

 

 

 

 

DIY halloween décor | flameless lantern

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If you're looking for a cheap, easy, safe, and last-minute Halloween decoration idea, our flameless lantern is a perfect fit! It looks great in the daytime, spooky in the nighttime, and you can re-purpose it after the holiday is over.

Supplies (for 1 lantern):

  • a glass jar (any size and any shape, as long as you can fit the flameless tea light inside)
  • paint (I used white acrylic paint and chalkboard paint)
  • paintbrush
  • string, twine, or cord (I used a thick twine that is suitable for the outdoors)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a screwdriver
  • a battery-operated tea light (make sure it comes with the battery!)
  • blue tape (the kind you use for painting)
  • sand (optional)

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Cost: Since I had all of these supplies at home, this project didn't cost me anything. If you don't have a battery-operated tea light, you can buy a "pumpkin light" almost anywhere. If you haven't seen them, try the grocery store near the pumpkin carving supplies. A hardware supply store will also have them year-round.

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cheap and easy Halloween decoration ideas | flameless lantern

Instructions:

  1. Paint the lid of the jar. (I painted mine white.) After it dries, puncture a hole in the center using a screwdriver. (I recommend doing this outside to avoid damaging furniture and whatnot.) If you're having trouble, hit the top of the screwdriver with a mallet. Next, feed your twine through the hole, then tie a knot on the inside (the "bottom" of the lid). Make it big enough so the knot will stay securely in place once you hang your jar.
  2. (OPTIONAL) Paint the bottom half of the jar with chalkboard paint. You can use blue tape around the center to get a clean line. See our "Chalkboard Paint Tips" below.
  3. (OPTIONAL) Fill the jar partway with sand. (This will allow the top of the tea light "flame" to peek through.)
  4. Place the battery-operated tea light inside the jar.
  5. Tie the twine and lid to a strong tree branch. Screw the jar into the lid, and there you have it: a safe and spooky lantern that won't catch anything on fire!

When Halloween is over, you can store the tea light, sand, and lid, then use the jar itself as a cute pencil cup or storage container. (I actually made these last year...so all I had to do this year was tie them back up in the tree.)

Helpful Hint :: Do NOT leave these lanterns outside if it rains. The water will seep into the jar and get the tea light wet, rendering it useless.

cheap and easy Halloween decoration ideas | flameless lantern

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tips for using chalkboard paint

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