Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Halloween Treat Containers


Hello!! It's great to be back at Eighteen25 for their annual Spooktacular September. I'm not sure how many years I've been doing this fun annual party. But I love it and enjoy seeing everyone's awesome talent! I am Toni from Design Dazzle. Where we share ideas and inspiration for celebrating childhood - kids parties, room decor, crafts, holiday ideas, DIY and more.

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Today I'm sharing an INEXPENSIVE Halloween treat container. This DIY project is easy! And look how cute it is? I make these gift containers using Peat Pots which can be found at the hardware store, Wal-Mart, Home Depot or here for rather cheap. These little pots are biodegradable and are made to transplant seedlings. Unlike a clay pot they are lightweight and don't break when you drop them. With our free printable and some Halloween treats to top it off you will have a darling and fun gift to hand out to your neighbors or friends or your child's school teacher.

Friends, these are super simple and super cheap!! I love that!

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Supplies:

Peat Pot - 3 or 4" in height ( I used the larger ones at 4" high)
roll of black crepe paper
ribbon
pipe cleaners
craft paint - I used a warm white
foam brush

Tools:

glue gun
scissors

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Steps:

1. Paint the peat pot with a creamy color craft paint. I paint the outside only. Let dry.

2. Using your fingers "pleat or ruffle" the crepe paper and hot glue to the inside of the peat pot. Glue about 1/2 inch below the top rim. Go all the way around the perimeter of the pot. I did a 2nd ruffle to add height.

3. Glue the ribbon around the top of the pot.

4. Use 3 pipe cleaners and "braid" them together. Braiding creates strength and a thicker handle. Wrap the ribbon around the pipe cleaners using hot glue as you go.
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5. Hot glue the pipe cleaner/ribbon handle to the top inside of the pot.

6. Cut out the witches hat or other printable and attach with glue to the front.

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The white ruffles shown are coffee filters placed inside the pot. They make a good filler to place treats inside.
 
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Fill the treat container with your favorite goodies.
 
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Go here to receive the free Witch Hat Printable


Sharing more fabulousness from Design Dazzle: 

Fairy party on a budget
This Fairy Tea Party cost less than $100 to create. Find out how I created this adorable party using lots of dollar store items.
 

neutral fall tablescape
How to create a fall tablescape using neutrals.
 
 
Halloween-Vintage-Tree
I enjoy decorating my Halloween tree each year.
 
Thanks for having me!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Dia de Los Muertos Wreath



Hey guys! My name is Alexis, and I am SO excited to be joining in Eighteen25's amazing Spooktacular September this year! Persia Lou is my little corner of the internet, where I share my latest home decorating adventures, lots of craft projects, and free crochet patterns.

This year my Halloween projects have been really inspired by Dia de los Muertos, and all of the colorful sugar skulls and ofrendas used to celebrate the holiday. Another Dia de los Muertos symbol is the marigold, which really inspired this wreath.


Marigolds are used to decorate altars made to loved ones. I made my own version of marigold tissue paper flowers as the base for my Dia de los Muertos inspired wreath.
 
To make this wreath, you will need:
  • tissue paper in yellow, peach, and orange
  • wire
  • wire wreath form (I found mine at the dollar store)
  • black and white striped ribbon
  • white felt
  • black puffy paint
  • hot glue gun

I started off my making whole pile of pretty tissue paper flowers in shades of orange and yellow.

To make your tissue paper into rectangles. Five by seven inch rectangles make a nice medium-sized flower. Create some bigger and smaller flowers to get a variety of sizes in your wreath.
 
You will need six sheets of tissue paper for each flower - 3 each of two colors. Stack the six sheets together alternating colors.


Then, fold up the stack using an accordion fold. Twist a piece of wire around the middle.


Clip the ends into a scalloped shape.

 
Carefully separate the layers of tissue paper to create your flower. Find the center piece of tissue paper, twist it together, and clip it off to form the flower's center.


When you have a nice pile of flowers (I ended up using 22 flowers), attach them to your wreath form using the wires.
 
To embellish the wreath, I added a black and white bow and a little felt sugar skull. I used some sugar skull cookie cutters I have to help me make my felt sugar skull, but you can find all kinds of sugar skull design inspiration online.


This was my first time using puffy paint since probably fifth grade, and it was everything I remembered it to be.


I made a whole bunch of these little guys - colorful versions as well as just black and white - and picked a favorite for the wreath.


Finally, use hot glue to attach the bow and sugar skull to the wreath. Then, just hang and enjoy!



If you are looking for even more Halloween inspiration, check out some of my favorite projects:




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Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies


Hey there, everyone! I'm Michael from Inspired by Charm. I'm so excited to return for my third Spooktacular September. A big thanks to the girls of Eighteen25 for having me back for another year!

Today I decided to share a cookie recipe. Every September I host Fall Cookie Week on my blog. Each day of that week I share a fall-inspired cookie recipe. There's also usually a giveaway amid all of the deliciousness. To make Fall Cookie Week even more special, I'm adding this bonus recipe as part of Spooktember Spectacular.

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

When it comes to baking, one of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and peanut butter. This recipe starts with a traditional peanut butter cookie dough. Then, a piece of Dove chocolate is added to each of the cookies as they come out of the oven.

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

Once the chocolate is nice and melted from the warmth of the cookie, you use a knife to spread the chocolate around. Then, festive fall / Halloween sprinkles are added for color and fun.

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

These cookies are so delicious and easy to make. If you're doing any seasonal entertaining, they bring a nice touch of autumn to your table.

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

Let me teach you how to make them.

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies
 
Here's what you will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar (for rolling the dough)
3 (10 oz) bags of Dove milk chocolate
Sprinkles in fall colors
 
Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Then, in a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
 
In a large bowl, beat your butter with a hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Then, add the sugar and brown sugar. Beat again for about 3 minutes. Next, add the peanut butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Finally, beat in each egg, one at a time.
Once combined, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls; then roll them in granulated sugar. Place evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the cookies just begin to lightly brown.
Remove from the cookie sheet and immediately press a chocolate into the center of each cookie. Wait a few minutes; then using a knife spread the chocolate. Top with sprinkles.

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That's it, friends! A tasty cookie perfectly dressed for the fall.

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

Thanks again to Jaime, Jodie, and Jennifer for having me on Eighteen25 once again. I hope you all enjoy the recipe.




If you'd like, swing by my blog, Inspired by Charm for the rest of Fall Cookie Week and lots of other fall recipes and decorating ideas.

Inspired by Charm Fall 2014



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