Halloween Decorations

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

I am in disbelief that it is already October.  The months seems to be flying by.  I wish it would slow down a bit so I could feel like I could it enjoy it a little bit more.  This month, as a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, our challenge was to come up with some Halloween décorations.

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I had envisioned this sign a little bit differently than it actually came out.  I really like this one, but knowing myself, I will probably make another one too!  If I do, I for sure will share it with you!

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This Halloween sign is pretty simple.  I just spray painted some window screen material and then stapled it onto the back of a frame that had the glass removed.

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Want to make one or see how I did it?  Here is what I did!

Step 1:

Measure your screen material so that it fits nicely on the back of the frame and gives you plenty of room to tighten the screen and staple it firmly in place.

Step 2:

Spray paint your screen black (not shown).  Spray paint your picture frame if needed.  I spray painted mine a nice gray color.  Let them dry completely…or if you are like me…pull out a hairdryer and dry them quickly (I have no patience)!

Step 3:

Use a stencil of an arrow and spray paint the arrow white.  I also included a stencil of a bat and sprayed it white too.  I used some vinyl I had cut with my Silhouette.  Let it dry completely.

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Step 4:

Now use some stencils for your words…SLEEPY HOLLOW…or your words of choice.  I simply put the rest of the vinyl cut out back into the arrow (the black part is vinyl in the upper right photo) and then pulled out the letters so that I could paint the letters black.

Step 5:

Spray paint the letters black.  After it has dried completely, pull off the vinyl stencil and staple the screen onto the back of your picture frame.

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Such an easy project.  I love the whole concept and love the endless possibilities this holds.  I also love that fun texture and the see through element of the sign.  I am thinking I should go back and rough up the edges of the frame a little bit to give it a more rustic feel.

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And…let’s just pretend that I cleaned my mirror before taking these photos…umm kay?

What do you think?  Is this a project you are likely to try?

You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Halloween Apothecary & Table Setting

*This post is sponsored by American Crafts.

My kids are a bit confused about the holidays around these parts.  Ha! For some reason the youngest keeps wondering when we are going Trick-or-Treating.  So imagine how confused she was when she came home from school to this table setting.  Poor thing! It’s going to be a long 5 weeks.

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A couple of weeks ago I was sent a fun Halloween package from American Crafts.  I actually let out a little squeal of delight because I loved so much of it!  And guess what?  These fun items are being carried exclusively by Target…and you KNOW how much I love me some Target!  (These American Craft Halloween products and more are being carried in all Target stores inside the United States).

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There are three kits available – a paper wreath (not shown in this post), a banner and mini witches hats. Each kit includes all of the items to complete the project.  There are also many other fun embellishments that can be used to coordinate with the kits or to be used separately.

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I love that you can set up an entire Halloween Table Setting and I am excited to be able to have such a fun and festive table for our annual Halloween Dinner.  And…now I am already to go…5 weeks early! LOL!

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I took some of the extra embellishments and made some cute drink wraps by simply wrapping a black and white polka dot ribbon around some cute glass jars (Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles) and adding this fun little “Halloween broach.”

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I also loved the fun Halloween Apothecary Labels.  I gathered up some empty jars that I have for photo props and added the labels and some “creepy” ingredients.  Just use your imagination and you should be able to round up some items right in your panty.

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I think we will leave this as our table centerpiece all the way through Halloween this year.  Such a simple and easy Halloween décor item that literally took minutes to throw together.

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Oh, and in case you didn’t notice…our kitchen table and hutch are finally finished!  We built both of them (except for the chairs).  If you follow along with me on Instagram you probably saw several progression shots that I shared with you of these two different projects.  The kitchen table only took 9 months to complete :)!

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I will be sure to share with you how we made them here in a later post for those who are interested.

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Now head on out to your local Target store (now you have an excuse to go) and pick up some fun American Craft Halloween products!  Prices range from $5 to $10!

*This post is sponsored by American Crafts.  I was given the product shown in the pictures.  However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

Halloween Gift–Germ Slayer Hand Sanitizer

Do you ever get tired of all the sweets and goodies around the holidays? I know I do! Even though I am guilty of sharing several goodies and treats here for the holidays, we try to be really careful with how much junk my kids eat. It can be difficult since it is everywhere now-a-days. Now, I am not saying my kids don’t eat junk food, because they do…they are kids! But we are trying to teach them moderation and the benefits of eating healthy.

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So I challenged myself to come up with a Halloween Gift Idea that was non-candy or sugar related. I came up with a really easy gift that would be perfect for a teacher or a child old enough to use Hand Sanitizer safely. I also LOVE that this is perfect for the beginning of the Cold/Flu Season.

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These are so simple to make. I have two different sizes that should fit most of the regular sized bottles of Hand Sanitizer and the mini Hand Sanitizers.

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To make the Germ Slayer Hand Sanitizers, simply follow these steps.

Step 1: Remove the labels from your Hand Sanitizer Bottles. You may need to use some Goo Gone Label remover or soak them in hot, soapy water to get the sticky residue off.

Step 2: Print out the labels on regular white cardstock. Use a Laser Printer for best results and so that the color ink will not run when it gets wet. You can download them here:

{Germ Slayer Hand Sanitizer Labels}

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Step 3: Cut out the label and then glue them onto the bottle(s). I simply use a glue stick and it works great.

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These would be fun to give out as a party favor or give to your little “ghouls” and “goblins” to keep the germs away this Holiday Season!

If you worry about giving this out to small children, be sure to give it to those who are old enough or use a bottle of hand soap instead of hand sanitizer.

What do you think? Do you prefer non-candy gift ideas for Halloween and Christmas?

Halloween Party Game

Last Halloween, I signed up to volunteer at my Daughter’s Classroom Halloween Party.  My cute friend was also helping out and brought a fun little game to add a bit of creepy Halloween fun.

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The kids LOVED it.  She had taken an old white sheet and added some “stains” to it by pouring items on it that would leave a dark stain.

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She also brought some different food items that were supposed to feel like the creepy Halloween items she had listed.

For example:

Eerie Goblin Ears

Bloody Bat Guts

Wicked Witch Eyeballs

Frankenstein Fingers

Vampire Vomit

Werewolf Fangs

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Then she placed the different food items in bowls behind the sheet.  She had cut holes in the sheet so that the kids could stick their hands through them and touch the food items and try to guess which of the items they were touching.

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As you can imagine…most of the boys thought it was awesome and several of the girls were a bit creeped out.  But most of them played along.

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She set it up right next to the classroom sink so that the kids could wash their hands immediately after touching the items.

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Now…I thought I would never forget what each of the items were…so I am going to give it my best shot.  Of course I am typing this up late at night so it is too late to text my friend and ask her.  I am sure she will correct me when she sees this ;)!

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Eerie Goblin Ears—Dried Apricots

Bloody Bat Guts—Spaghetti & Sauce

Wicked Witch Eyeballs—Grapes

Frankenstein Fingers—small pickles

Vampire Vomit—Salsa

Werewolf Fangs—gum

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Now, of course you could come up with your own creepy things and find food items to match them to.  This is a fun way to add a little bit of Halloween fun to your Halloween Party or your child’s Halloween Classroom Party.

Halloween Treats–Monster Munchies

Another Halloween treat  idea… :)

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Today I want to share with you some simple but fun Halloween Monster Printables.  I used them to make some candy filled jars or…Monster Munchies.  I simply took my favorite jars (Starbucks Frappucino jars) and filled them with some colored candy…in this case M&M’s.

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I had just enough of each color to fill the jars by using the largest bag of M&M’s from Target.  The really BIG bag, with a ziploc opening.  I spray painted the jar lids white and then attached some Monster Munchies labels which you can get by downloading them here.

{Monster Munchies}

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At the same link you can also find the downloads to the Monster bottle wrappers.  Simply print them out and glue them at the back so they fit on your bottle.  These are 8.5 inches and fit the Starbucks bottles perfectly.  You can also use them on a different bottle.  Just print at a smaller percentage or a larger one (turned landscape) if you need them a different size.

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These make a fun little gift for a friend, teacher or as a party table favor.  Fill them with your favorite candy or small treats.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love for you to stop on over any time and see the other fun Halloween ideas I have shared!

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If you enjoyed these Monster Munchies, you might want to check out these fun Monster cookies with a free printable!

Toxic Treats—Halloween Treat Bags

Last week I shared with you these fun Halloween Treat Bags that I made with my Silhouette machine.  Today I want to share with you HOW I made them, so that you can make some too if you would like.

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If you missed it, I am also giving away a Silhouette Portrait and also offering some great discounts using my code IDEAROOM.  If you are interested in entering the giveaway or learning more about the discounts, you can do so here:

{Silhouette Giveaway and Promotion Details}

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I used Silhouette’s new Stamping Starter Kit and made this “Toxic Treats” stamp from an existing download from Silhouette’s online store.  Then I set my Silhouette to cut on the Stamping Kit settings which was a 9 on the blade and selected my Silhouette to double cut it.

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The stamp material cut very cleanly and I simply stuck the entire thing on the clear plastic stamp pad that comes in the kit.  Be sure to put it on so that the writing is backwards when you are looking at the bottom of the stamp.  When you stamp…you should be able to read it through the clear glass block like below.  (I only know this because I did it wrong the first time Smile)

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Peel away the excess parts of the stamp that you are not going to be using.  I used my small Silhouette hook to do this.

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I made the little treat bags out of some white paper bags I had.  I simply cut them out the size I wanted them…a bottom piece and a top piece…and then sewed them together with my sewing machine.

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Fill them with your favorite goodie or cookie.  Or fill them with some of my fun Monster Cookies.

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There are some other fun options very similar to the Toxic Treats stamp you could make.  There is one that says “Boo to you!” that I think would make some really cute treat bags as well if you don’t want something that uses the word “toxic”.

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Use the treat bags as a fun décor item at your Halloween party, classroom party or give them as a small gift to a friend this Halloween season.

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Silhouette Stamping Kit and Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I am so excited about the Silhouette Stamping Kit.  Did you guys know that you can actually make your own stamps with the Silhouette cutting machines?  Seriously!  This has to be one of my favorite new uses for my Silhouette.  My mind is buzzing with all of the possibilities!

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But…as a blogger, I always have the upcoming Holiday and Season on my mind.  So for my first stamp project, I had Halloween running through my head.  I just shared with you some Halloween Treat Bags here and came up with another fun version.

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I will share a tutorial for how I made my stamp for the Halloween Treat Bags in an upcoming post, but today I want to share with you an awesome promotion that Silhouette is running right now so that you too can make your own stamps.

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Here are the different deals going on right now through September 13:

1

A Silhouette Portrait Kit  plus the Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit

only $129.99 (a $200 value!)

This Silhouette Portrait® / stamping starter kit bundle includes:

  • Silhouette Portrait®
    • Silhouette Portrait® electronic cutting machine
    • Power cable/AC adapter
    • USB cable
    • Silhouette Studio® software
    • $10 download card
    • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
    • Silhouette blade
    • Basic Instruction Guide
    • Portrait instructional DVD

Stamping starter kit:

  • 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in)
  • Cutting mat for stamp material
  • 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
  • 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
  • 1 black ink pad
  • 10 exclusive stamp designs
  • Instructional DVD
  • Idea/Instruction book

2

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This Silhouette CAMEO® / stamping starter kit bundle includes:

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting machine
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD

Stamping starter kit:

  • 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in)
  • Cutting mat for stamp material
  • 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
  • 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
  • 1 black ink pad
  • 10 exclusive stamp designs
  • Instructional DVD
  • Idea/Instruction book

3

20% off the Stamping Starter Kit

— just $23.99!

Stamping starter kit includes:

  • 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in)
  • Cutting mat for stamp material
  • 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
  • 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
  • 1 black ink pad
  • 10 exclusive stamp designs
  • Instructional DVD
  • Idea/Instruction book

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How can you take advantage of these deals?

Use this link:

{Silhouette Stamping Promotion}

{Click on the blue link and it will take you to the Silhouette page where you can order any of the three promotions.  Be sure to use the special discount code…}

*use code: IDEAROOM

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This is such a great deal.  Now is the perfect time to finally get that Silhouette Cameo or Portrait that you have been wanting…just in time for the Holidays.

And don’t you just LOVE the new Silhouette Stamping Kits?  Such an awesome concept.  Perfect for all your Holiday projects, gifts and home décor ideas!

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And…our awesome giveaways continue…

I get to give one Lucky Idea Room Reader their very own Silhouette Portrait!!

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If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a Silhouette Portrait machine, follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

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Be sure to come back for a full tutorial for how to make these fun Halloween Treat Bags using the Silhouette Stamping Kit.

*UPDATE: Click on the link to take you to the tutorial for these Halloween Treat Bags.

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**Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 . One winner will be chosen and given a Silhouette Portrait.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Halloween Treat Bags

With the kids back in school, I have Fall and the upcoming Holidays on my mind.  This is absolutely one of my favorite seasons.  I was recently sent some fun supplies from DecoArt and challenged to use some of them to create something with them.  And we all know how much I love to create.

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There were some really fun graphic stencils and some Multi-Surface Paints and so I decided to make some fun Halloween Treat Bags.

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Everything looks better in a pretty package…am I right?!

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I simply took some plain linen sacks (which I picked up from my local craft store) and then stenciled them with some Halloween colored paint from DecoArt.

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I slid a piece of paper inside the linen sack that was the same size as the bags to prevent the paint from seeping through the sacks.

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Then let the paint dry fully.  Simple as that.

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Fill with your favorite Halloween treats…in this case…an old favorite…Candy Corn.

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Whip up some pretty tags, or use the ones I made.

To download a copy of the Halloween Boo! Labels click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Halloween Boo! Labels}

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Americana Multi-Surface Satins are available for purchase at Michaels, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, and other fine craft retailers.  You can also take advantage of this great rebate that’s good for the next couple months!

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Here’s to hoping for a long and beautiful fall season!

And just for fun…what is your favorite Holiday/Season?

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt. I received compensation as well as product to complete this project.  However, all opinions and statements are my own.

Halloween Games—Mr. Bones

I can not believe that Halloween is right around the corner.  If you are a mom with kids in elementary school then you are probably scrambling trying to figure out something to do for the classroom party…am I right?  Last year we played this cute version of Halloween Bingo from my friends over at The Crafting Chicks.  This year my daughter is a “grown-up” 5th grader and requested a different game.  So I decided to come up with a new game.

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And thus we have one of our newest Halloween games…Mr. Bones.

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Skeletons:

I used my Silhouette Cameo machine and purchased one of their position-able skeleton images from their online shop for $1.  Then I cut several of them out on white cardstock.  Then took each one and glued them onto black cardstock and Mod Podged them up real good (nice grammar).  After they dried, I cut them out into individual skeleton parts. You will need one whole skeleton per person playing the game.

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Game Dice:

To make the dice, I just got two wooden blocks (1 inch in size) and painted them white, Mod Podged on some fun gray polka dot scrapbook paper an then added some really small skeleton parts that I cut out in black cardstock.  Re-coat the entire dice with Mod Podge and let dry.  Important: You will need a different skeleton part represented on at least one side of the dice.  For example: you will need a skull, rib cage, clavicle, upper arm, lower arm, hand, pelvis, upper leg, lower leg, and a foot.  That is 10 body parts and my skeleton had 10 body parts.  That meant that I had two open spots on my dice.  So I added a skull and crossbones.  The skull and crossbones then become a fun twist to the game, which I will share in the rules of the game below.

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Game Box:

For the game box I used a simple brown craft box which can be found at most craft stores.  I painted it white and then added some gray striped scrapbook paper.  Then I made the name out of some Iron-On Fuzzy Transfer from Silhouette.

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How to Play Mr. Bones:

The general goal of this game is to see who can build their skeleton first.

Set out the pile of bones in the center of the table.

Each player will take a turn rolling both dice.

The skeleton parts on the dice are the parts you will be able to grab from the pile to build your Mr. Bones.

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If you roll one skull and crossbones this allowed you to take a bone from an opposing player.

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If you roll two skull and crossbones, you had to return ALL of your bones to the pile in the middle and start over.

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The first player to build their entire Mr. Bones wins.

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That’s all there is to it.  It is pretty simple and you can change it up too depending on the age of kids you are going to be using it for.  As a science teacher you could also add the scientific names to the dice rather than the picture to help your students learn the names of the bones.

If your kids are younger and need help knowing where the skeleton bones need to go, you can print out a full skeleton on a sheet so the kids can look and see just where each bone needs to go.  I did this for my two younger kids when we played this for Family Night the other day.

My kids LOVED this game and my daughter is excited for me to bring it to her class party next week!

What do you think? As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making your own Mr. Bones game.

Severed Witch Finger Pens

We just got back from a family vacation where I ate WAY too much and went unplugged for a week.  It was awesome!  And now I am having a horrible time re-entering my regular schedule.  The vacation was just what we needed…and unfortunately had to come to an end at some point.  Now I am knee deep in laundry and all the mess that goes along with a family trip.

But I wanted to hurry up and get these Halloween Crafts up so that some of you might have a chance to make it before Halloween this year if it is something you are interested in…Halloween Severed Witch Finger Pens.

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My son came home with one of these from a Halloween Classroom Party last year.  It was a huge hit at our house.  So, of course, I had to make some this year.  All you need are a few simple items.

You will need:

Model Magic (we used white)

Fake Fingernails

Pen

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Simply grab a small bit of model magic.  A little bit will really go a long way.  You need just enough to cover the pen.  Then simply roll the clay between your fingers and a table top so that you have a long “snake” like roll that is just a bit longer than your pen.

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Place your pen on top of the roll making sure to leave the writing end of the pen uncovered.  Carefully pinch and roll the clay around the pen so that the pen is completely covered.  Gently roll the pen and the clay now between your fingers and the table again so that you get a nice smooth edge where the clay comes together along the seam.  Make sure the end of the pen is covered completely.  This is going to be the tip of the finger.

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Then gently press in areas on the finger that would coincide with the knuckles and natural bends in a finger.  I then took a knife and gently made some marks to look like the wrinkles over the knuckles on the skin of the finger.

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Push the fake fingernail into the top of the pen so that it looks like a natural fingernail.  I pushed it in a bit more at the base of the fingernail so that it gives it a more natural fingernail.  You can leave the fingernail natural or you can paint the nail.  I chose to paint ours red.  I simply took the nail off the clay before it dried and painted it.  When the paint was dry, I glued the nail onto the finger with some hot glue.  Then you can let the fingers air dry for a couple of days or bake them in a very low oven (100 degrees).  Be sure your fingernails can handle the heat before you go that route though…

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These are so easy to make and would be the perfect party craft for kids to make on their own.  What do you think?


 

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