Friday Favorites–Halloween Decorating

Only ten days left until the big day, and I don't have so much as a pumpkin at my house.  I don't seem to have the enthusiasm for Halloween this year with no kids in the house.  In an effort to get myself in the mood, I'm hear to share a few decorating ideas that might get even this Halloween Grinch ready.  If not, I'll have to try some boos.  XD DIY Halloween Decorating

This Packing Tape Ghost from The Crafty Geek is spooky and eye-catching.  It would take some time, but I'm going to say it's worth it.

Packing Tape Ghost from Crafty Geeks

No, no, no.  Just…no.  Chucky from Tales of Twisted Fibers.

Chucky from Tales of Twisted Fibers

As a child of the 80's, this Pacman Halloween Garland from Minieco is a must-have for me.

Pacman Halloween Garland from Minieco

Before anyone gets all upset about this Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle from American Felt and Craft, note that it was shared on April 1st.  However, I think this would be a great addition to some scary Halloween costume or décor.  If you want to go ahead and use it as a baby rattle, I won't judge.

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle from American Felt and Craft

Is it just me, or does it seem like these Paper Halloween Houses from Delia Creates could hang around through November?  I don't think they'd be out of place among some Thanksgiving decorations.

Paper Halloween Houses from Delia Creates

This Spooky Glowing Skull Frame from Epbot is SO much easier than it looks.

Spooky Glowing Skull Frame from Epbot

I think this Dangly Spider Stitch Picture from Stitcher Scribbler is kinda sweet.

Dangly Spider Stitch Picture from Stitcher Scribbler

I haven't tried string art yet, but I always like the idea of trying something new as a holiday decoration.  That way, if it doesn't turn out I don't have to look at it for long.  Maybe I'll start with this Skull String Art from A Beautiful Mess.

Skull String Art from A Beautiful Mess

I want a bunch of these Man Eating Monster Plants from Eden Makers lining the walkway to my house.

Man Eating Monster Plant from Eden Makers

Does anyone else remember when The Wizard of Oz played on television once a year, I think it was around Thanksgiving, and that was the only time you could watch it?  Before even VHS tapes?  This Halloween Witch Landing from All You reminds me of those days.

Halloween Witch Landing from All You

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

Friday Favorites–Halloween Costumes

Once again, the year has flown by and we're looking straight into the spooky eyes of Halloween.  Are you making any costumes?  Since it's on a Monday, and we're too far out in the boonies for trick-or-treaters, I'll probably go as "woman who makes dinner and watches a movie."  I know how to party. Friday Favorites - Halloween Costumes

No spaceman costume would be complete without this little Raygun from Epbot.

Ray Gun from Epbot

Speaking of spacemen…Rocket Backpack Costume from mikeasaurus on Instructables

Rocket Backpack Costume from mikeasaurus on Instructables

Making the stroller part of the costume is just smart parenting, like this Pirate Ship Stroller Costume from The French Tulip.

Stroller Pirate Ship from The French Tulip

Not sure how I feel about the name of this Halloween Wench from Red Heart – I mean, isn't she a pirate too? – but it's not often you see a costume you can crochet.

Halloween Wench from Red Heart

Who says all costumes have to be scary?  This Chiffon Fairy Dress from Coral and Co. is so sweet.

Chiffon Fairy Dress from Coral and Co

I had to include this Penguin Costume from eHow because how often do you see a DIY penguin costume?

Penguin Costume from eHow

This Where the Wild Things Are Costume from A Night Owl Blog is as adorable as the book.

Where the Wild Things Are Costume from A Night Owl Blog

My daughter was going to marry Batman when she was a little girl. Maybe she'll settle for this Batman Costume from Fleece Fun.

Batman Costume from Fleece Fun

This Little House on the Prairie Costume from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom takes me back to my childhood.

Little House on the Prairie Costume from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Don't leave out your furry little buddy when it comes to Halloween.  Try out this Unicorn Costume for Your Dog from Live Colorful.

Unicorn Dog Costume from Live Colorful

If that's not enough Halloween-ness for you, check out the collections of costumes from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011!

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

Friday Favorites–Halloween Party Food

Friday Favorites–Halloween Costumes

We moved our family out to the country about 11 years ago.  Before that, we lived in a neighborhood in the suburbs with lots of other families with small children.  We probably had quite a few trick-or-treaters stop at our house, but I wouldn’t know because we were out with our own little ones on Halloween.  I haven’t got to hand out candy since somewhere in the early 90’s. This year, I’m hanging out with my daughter while her husband goes on a civilian ride-along with mine.  Lots of trouble happens when Halloween is on a Friday night, so it’s all hands on deck at the police department.  The good news for me is that my daughter lives in an apartment complex with a jillion kids.  At least, that’s how it feels when you drive through the parking lot.  I get to hand out candy and admire all the spooky-cuteness.  I can’t wait!

Halloween Costumes - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

This Book Fairy Costume from Lilliedale would be the perfect thing for my book-loving daughter.  Although I doubt she could bring herself to do this kind of damage to any book.  They’re like puppies to her.

Book Fairy Costume by Lilliedale

We aren’t dressing up, but if we were, this Wonder Woman Costume from The Sewing Loft is what I would go with, hands down.

Make Your Own Wonder Woman Costume by The Sewing Loft

If you happen to be using my Robin Hood Hat pattern this year, you might be on the lookout for some green tights.  Dye your own with this tutorial from If You Give a Girl a Needle.

Dying Tights by If You Give a Girl a Needle

If you’re looking for something quick, easy and completely adorable, check out this Flower Pot Costume from Dukes and Duchesses.

Flower Pot Costume by Dukes and Duchesses

This little Wolf Costume from Make It and Love It has rascal written all over it.

Wolf Costume by Make It and Love It

I love the idea of using capes to create different costumes, like these from Simple Simon and Company.

Easy Cape Costumes by Simple Simon and Co

As the proud owner of a Maleficent t-shirt (bought years before the movie) I’ve gotta love a girl who thinks outside of the Disney princess box, like the wearer of this Evil Queen Costume from Northstory.

Evil Queen Costume by Northstory

Babies in costumes – it doesn’t get better than that.  This little Pineapple from Lines Across makes me smile.

Pineapple Onesie Costume by Lines Across

Sometimes you need a costume you can whip up quickly.  As long as you’ve got a yellow hat, the rest of this Last Minute Minion Costume from Make and Takes is a piece of cake.

Last Minute Minion Costume by Make and Takes

Not to leave out the traditional Halloween fare, I love these DIY Skeleton Gloves from Eat Sleep Make.

DIY Skeleton Gloves by Eat Sleep Make

Friday Favorites–Decorating for Halloween

We have two October birthdays in our house, so if I’m going to decorate for Halloween I try to hold off until those have passed.  My husband’s was yesterday (Happy birthday honey!), so I think it’s time.  Since my kids are grown and we don’t get trick-or-treaters I don’t often do much, but I’m feeling it this year.  I think it might be nostalgia, since my oldest is completely out of the nest.  That’s okay, because there is no shortage of good ideas out there – I had a hard time narrowing it to ten this week!

Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites - Decorating for Halloween

I noticed after I was done collecting this week’s favorites that almost all of them involve repurposing.  One of the most impressive transformations is this pink and purple Little Tikes playhouse that became a spooky haunted mansion, thanks to the talents of Saki.Girl on Halloween Forums.

Little Tikes Playhouse Makeover by Saki.Girl on Halloween Forum

Thanks to so many charities using “flocking” as a fundraiser, you can buy pink flamingos lots of places year round.  Pick up a few and make these Painted Skeleton Flamingos with Craftbits.

Painted Skeleton Flamingo by Craftbits

I think these Rock Jack-O-Lanterns from No Time for Flashcards might be my kind of pumpkin carving.

I think these Halloween Spiders from Crafts ‘N Coffee are adorable, and not even a little scary.

Halloween Spiders by Crafts 'N Coffee

These DIY Halloween Lanterns from The Australian Baby Blog would be a fun craft to make with the kids.  All the glow, without all the fire hazard.

DIY Halloween Lanterns by The Australian Baby Blog

These Coffee Filter Spiderwebs from The Artful Parent remind me a little of snowflakes – until you add the spiders.

Spider Webs from Coffee Filters by The Artful Parent

I might need to start saving up shopping bags to make this skeleton from Curious Tangles on Instructables.

Halloween Skeleton Made of Plastic Shopping Bags by Curious Tangles on Instructables

I love a craft that can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, like these Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins from The Summery Umbrella.

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins by The Summery Umbrella

These Toilet Paper Roll Bats from Practically Functional are easy, just the right amount of spooky, and use something everyone has around.

Toilet Paper Roll Bats by Practically Functional

These Barbie Zombies from Crafts by Amanda are at the top of my want-to-make list.  It probably helps that we’re big Walking Dead fans.

Barbie Zombies by Crafts by Amanda

Halloween Spider in a Jar

Materials for this project were provided by Tombow.  The project idea, opinions and mistakes are all me.

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 2
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 2

I do not like waiting for things to dry.  Paint, glue, my hair…if it needs a little time to get there I have no patience for it.  That’s why I jumped at the chance to try this Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  No dry time, you just swipe it on and you’re done.  My kind of glue.  The only big question was what was I going to use it on?

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 1
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 1

I’ll start by telling you that my first idea was a fail on an unphotographable level.  It wasn’t the glue, it was me.  However, attempt number two more than made up for it.  And I have a jump start on Halloween decorating!

To make this creepy little display, I used:

  • mossy twigs from outside my house
  • baker’s twine
  • spider web in a bag
  • wood letters
  • scrapbook paper
  • jar
  • battery tea light candle
  • magnet
  • a spider, instructions here
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 3
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 3

The wood letters were plain black, so I traced them on the scrapbook paper and glued the paper to the front.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 4

To create the jar scape, I started by breaking up some of the twigs to make a base for the bottom of the jar.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 5

I pulled some thin strips of spider web and wrapped them loosely around some taller twigs.  I pushed them into the jar, leaving the ends of the web draped over the outside edge.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 6

Next in was Spidey himself.  I bent his legs to hook onto the twigs so he wouldn’t fall to the bottom.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 7

I added glue just inside the rim of the jar in four or five places and stuck the web ends I’d left out to it.  That way, I could control where the webbing ended up and make sure it stayed there.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 8

I had intended to use glue on this next step, but found I didn’t need it.  However, if yours doesn’t work like mine did, simply glue the magnet to the candle.  Just make sure you can still access the switch.

How to Create a Hanging Light Inside a Mason Jar - Crafty Staci
How to Create a Hanging Light Inside a Mason Jar - Crafty Staci

To decorate the lid a bit, I swiped on glue in a few places, then wrapped it with baker’s twine...

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 11

..and glued a circle of scrapbook paper to the top.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 9

You can download the tag and pattern to cut the outer part here.  Which, of course, I glued together.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 12

I tied it to the jar with another bit of baker’s twine.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 13

Not quite as creepy as when you have to catch an eight-legged intruder in your house in order to “set him free.”

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 14

Unless you want it to be…mwahh-ha-ha!

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 15

Thanks, Tombow, for letting me play with your awesome glue!