Have you ever been printing several things when suddenly one item you were printing gets stuck? You go to investigate and there’s one print job that has an ERROR – and it won’t allow anything else to print. ARRGGHH!! I’ve been there too. So of course – you click “Delete” to cancel the troublesome print job – and it proceeds to delete until eternity… It says “Deleting….” but it never actually moves on from that point.
Now that Halloween is over, you’ll be able to find some awesome deals on costumes. Costumes make great gifts, they bring out kids’ imaginations and get them away from a glowing screen for awhile. Make a costume chest and you’re kids will always have a go-to place to let their imaginations run wild.
One of my kids’ favorite past-times is playing dress-up. They’re boys, and so for them that means dressing up as ninjas, pirates, knights, dragons, cowboys, cops and robbers – and of course, every superhero known to man. My niece’s dress-up box is full of princess gowns, ballerina tutus, feathery boas and sparkly wands. It’s all a far cry from my own childhood dress-up box, which was full of mom’s hand-me-down 70′s jumpsuits, and a few maternity dresses. Still, it was my favorite thing to play and I love dressing up still!
I’ve seen lots of cute pumpkin carving templates online this week. We are getting our pumpkins this weekend, and plan on carving next week. I thought I’d share with you what I’ve found! I’m particularly interested in making cookie cutter pumpkins like those in the image above. My kiddos are still pretty little, so I think a cookie cutter is a better option than a carving knife. If you are interested in trying out a cookie cutter pumpkin I’ve included a couple of tips below that I’ll be following. If you’d rather carve your pumpkin I’ve included cute templates below.
~ Cookie Cutter Technique ~
Love this Topiary!!
The thoughts of trying to carve all those circles makes my eyes cross. I’m loving the cookie cutter technique!! Looks easy enough!
Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
- You’ll want to use small sturdy cookie cutters preferably made out of stainless steel.
- Prepare the pumpkin like you normally would to carve. (Cut circle around stem, and clean out the insides)
- Hold a cookie cutter firmly on the outside of the pumpkin
- Use a rubber mallet or some other kind of hard surface to tap the cookie cutter through the skin of the pumpkin.
- Repeat in a pattern of your choice, mix it up by using different shapes and sizes.
- Insert candle, light and enjoy!
If you’ve got any Cookie Cutter tips, please share in the comments below.
~Downloadable Carving Templates ~
How will you be decorating your pumpkin this year? Carving, Cookie Cutter or something else?
Leave a comment below and let us know.
If you’re a crafter – here is a great list of coupons and deals for things you’ll need to craft away the Fall! We love crafts too – you can follow us on Pinterest HERE.
Hobby Lobby – 40% off any regular price item printable coupon – expires 10/13/12
Michael’s – An entire page of printable coupons! Coupons include:
-50% off any regular price item – expires today (10/8)
-40% off any regular price item – valid 10/9 – 10/13
-and several item/department specific coupons!!
Joann’s Fabrics and Crafts – 50% off any one regular price item printable coupon – expires 10/31/12
FREE Halloween Craft eBook:
*Just click on the picture to download the book with 31 FREE Craft Projects!!
Amazon Kid’s Crafts Deals:
Alex Best Friends Bands Friendship Bracelet Kit with 2 Looms and 10 Colors for $11.56! (Reg $18)
Kids On the Go Art Lap Desk for $13.75 (Reg $39.99)
Crayola 150-Count Telescoping Crayon Tower, Storage Case, Sharpener for $14.97. (Reg $20.05)
100pc Silver Lampwork Murano Glass European Mix Beads for $9.33! (Reg $29.49)
Cricut Expression 2 Cutting Machine for $199! (reg $299)
Cricut Disney Cartridge, Pooh Font Set for $17.98! (Reg $79.99)
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You may have a stockpile of Toilet Paper in your home – and if so, it can help you get ready for Halloween! (Who’d have thought?) Not only can you use it to make a mummy costume or hang ghosties from your trees, but you can wrap it up in orange tissue paper like One Charming Party did. Pretty cute way to hide your stockpile
Well heck – after looking around on Pinterest – apparently toilet paper is a big Halloween Staple!
- Toilet Paper Bowling (they’re supposed to be ghosts I guess)
- Toilet Paper Roll Creepy Eyes (Put a glowstick inside and hide them in the bushes)
- It will also come in handy for making Tootsie Roll Pops into Ghastly Clasroom treats!
What ingenius ways do you use toilet paper in crafting?
So I tried to do this mum-covered pumpkin project I saw on the Lowe’s site. They were all “buy a big pumpkin or three or four – and then buy a whole bunch of mums – and then stick all the mums in the pumpkin!” And I was all “That will cost an arm and a leg and will die in a week. I pity the fool!”
Remember? And remember how I said I was just going to hot glue some fake mums onto a fake pumpkin and it would be just as good?
Well – unless picture #2 is what constitutes “just as good” – then I think we can safely call this a FAIL.
I was going to write “Nailed It!!!!!” on the second picture – but I was kinda scared someone would think I was delusional enough to think I really did nail it – and then mock me in private. SO – here are some tips from me to you:
- When in the Dollar Tree looking at this tiny $1 carveable foam pumpkin and thinking to yourself “Wow. This is really, really small. Maybe I should just hold off on this craft for awhile….” Listen to yourself and pass it on by.
- When picking out fall flowers to cover said tiny pumpkin with – don’t skimp and get only 2 stems like I did. Because of this – I had to pull apart my measely assortment of fake mums, spread the petals flat while gluing – to cover more pumpkin – and burn my fingers 32 times in the process.
- When picking a pumpkin for this project – do pick one that is big and has a stem long enough to be noticeable and relate to the neighborhood that this is a pumpkin under these flowers – not a soccer ball or a hat or something.
To witness this Mumkin Fail rise like a Phoenix from the ashes – make sure you read the second part of this story:“The Little Mumkin That Could”
Photo Credit CreativeCarmella
I saw this on Pinterest this morning – how to Paint With Toilet Paper Rolls! This lady did this on cheap canvases for her kids photos, I’m totally going to try this on something soon! What a cute idea – let us know if you try it out on a project – we’d love to see pictures!!!
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Okay – officially these are chrysanthemums – but “chrysanthe-mumkins” is just a mouthful, ya know?
I saw these cute mum-covered pumpkins last night while browsing the web (while I really should be doing the laundry piled up in my basement) – and I think this looks like a craft I can do! Although it looks like these people used real pumpkins and real mums (Psh – that sounds like a rotten centerpiece waiting to happen) – I’ll be stopping by the Dollar Tree to pick up the following:
- Fake Foam Pumpkin (or plastic pumpkin treat bucket!)
- Fake Mums
Then my hot glue gun and I will tackle that bad boy – or hey, maybe like 3 or 4 of them – for this years official Fall Porch Decor! I’ll post it again once I’ve finished – but I’d love to see what cute fall crafts you’ve been seeing on Pinterest or around the web. Please post some links in the comment section – and we’ll go check them out! (When we really should be doing something about that weird smell in the fridge….)