Monster Mints and 12 Free Halloween Printables

It’s time once again for another monthly Printable Blog Hop. If you are new here, every month 11 other bloggers and I join together to bring you a 12 themed FREE Printables for your use.  This month we are sharing our FREE Halloween Printables.

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Today I am sharing with you a fun Halloween Treat and Gift idea.  I love coming up with little creative gifts that you can give to friends and family that are fun but inexpensive.  I came up with these Monster Mints!

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I played up the dispenser and made it so that the Monster Mints are dispensed right out of the Monster’s mouths.

I created some printable round labels that fit these Ice Breakers Mint canisters perfectly.  All you need to do is print out the labels and cut them out around the black line.

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Be sure to open the “to share” tab of the mints rather than the “not to share” side so that the mouth opens the biggest.  Secure the label so that the mouth is directly over the opening.  While you have the label on the canister, lift it up and then cut the top of the label so that it fits the top of the opening tab.

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Once you have it cut, glue the label on top of the mints and you are all done!  So easy!  Now you have a fun little gift to hand out on Halloween, or give away at a Monster Party or give as a small gift to a friend or neighbor!

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To download the Monster Mint Labels, click here:

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Want to see the other FREE Halloween Printables? Be sure to check out these other blogs and see the fun printables they are sharing too!

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1. {The Dating Divas} – Eat, drink, and be SCARY with this flirty Halloween game for two!

2. {Somewhat Simple} – Double, Double, Toil + Trouble | An 8×8 print and 4×4 tags of Shakespeare’s ultimate Halloween equation!

3. {Whipperberry} – Boolicious Halloween Treat Bags

4. {Crafting Chicks} – Pin the Bowtie on Mr. Bones game for Halloween parties.

5. {Tatertots & Jello} – You’ve been Spooked” door hanger tag, basket tag and instructions for neighbor gifts

6. {L’il Luna} – Surrender Your Treats Printable perfect to display at your home for some fun Halloween decor!

7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Add these Treat Tags to a “kit” of supplies to bake up some Halloween goodies!

8. {I Heart Nap Time} – A fun Fall ‘Smores tag and candy wrapper set.

9. {The 36th Avenue} – Chic Halloween Printable Sign… Ready to decorate?

10. {Paging Supermom} – This fabulously gruesome Eye Ball Garland is super simple to create with paper plates, yarn and this free printable.

11. {The TomKat Studio} – A sweet Halloween treat perfect for “BOO-ing” your neighbors!

12. {The Idea Room} – Give your ghouls some Monster Mints with this fun Mint Dispenser Label.

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If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

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 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?


 

Halloween Pop Box Gift

So excited to welcome Kristyn today as part of our Fall Festival!  Kristyn is sharing an awesome tutorial for these DIY Halloween Candy Bottles and gift box.

Hi there Idea Room readers!! It’s Kristyn from Lil’ Luna! I’m so thrilled to be here today. I admire Amy so much, and look up to her not only as a blogger, but also as a friend and mother. The girl is amazing and so talented, so was I ecstatic when she asked for me to guest post today.

As I think about cooler weather and Fall, I can’t help but think of Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and our family has made some super fun traditions for that holiday. Although gift giving is associated more with Christmas, our family has actually tried serving and doing nice things for others all year round, and even around Halloween. People can always use a pick me up, right? So, this year I decided to come up with a super cute Halloween Pop Box Gift. I’ve made them in the past for Valentines, Christmas and Birthday, and they’ve alwas been a hit. Why not a Halloween version?! It can be given to your child’s teacher or just to a family who needs some extra cheer. It’s even great for the hubby!! This gift is easy and perfect for anyone.

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Here is what you’ll need to make one too:

Materials:

IBC Cream Soda or Crush Pop Bottles Set

Candies to fill your bottles

Scrapbook Paper Ribbon/Ric Rac/Twine

Tape or Glue Spray Paint or Craft Paint

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Directions:

1. Begin by emptying your pop bottles and washing them out and letting them dry completely. From there you will paint your Pop Box. I spray painted mine black. Let dry.

Best-Halloween-Candy2. From there you will fill your pop bottles with candy. I did Candy Corn, Indian Corn, Black & Orange Sixlets, Fall M&Ms, Black Licorice and Reeses Pieces.

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3. From there you will print out your Halloween Pop Box Printables. To get the PDF click on the image above or go HERE.

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4. Cut out all your printables.

5. From there you will cut out 6 pieces of scrapbook paper. I made mine about 3 inches by 9 inches. Wrap and tape around pop bottles. Add your pop bottles circles to the front of your bottles with tape or glue.

6. From there I added some ric rac and ribbon around the tops of the bottles. I also added the pumpkin heads to the tops of the bottles. Add your bottles back to the box and be sure to add your front printable to the box that says “No Tricks, Just Treats”. Now you have super cute and easy Halloween Gift to give to anyone.

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Super cute and super easy – which is how I like things!! ;D

Be sure to come on over to Lil’ Luna for more fun and cute tutorials on crafts, DIY projects, recipes and more. I’d love to have you!!

ENJOY!

Thank you so much Kristyn! Isn’t she the cutest?  I just instantly knew I liked Kristyn when I met her.  She is so nice and sweet and FUN!  I feel so grateful for all the amazing people I have been able to meet through this blog and Kristyn is definitely one of those people.  Be sure to head on over to Lil’ Luna and see all the great things she shares!  –Amy

12 uses for old book pages

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Michael Wurm, Jr. from Inspired by Charm here sharing 12 FABULOUS Halloween Crafts using pages from old books as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

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Hello, Everyone! Michael here from Inspired by Charm.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here today. I’m a huge fan of Amy and The Idea Room. Her Fall Festival is the bomb, and I’m thrilled to be one of the festival bloggers.

Today I have twelve mini-projects to share with you. Yep, twelve! Old books and old book pages are popping up everywhere in blogland and the craft world. So I decided to take this idea and give it a festive twist.

To get started, I picked up a couple old books at a local thrift shop. (Book lovers, cover your eyes.) I tore out a few pages from the books and then grabbed my laptop. I hit up one of my favorite clip art galleries, The Graphics Fairy, and downloaded all the Halloween-related images.

Using two small pieces of double stick tape, I attached one book page to the center of a piece of standard card stock.

Using the word processing program on my computer, I selected one of the clip art images and printed it on the book page taped to the card stock.


Simple as that! I repeated those steps for all my images. With a stack of embellished book pages in hand, I started to get crafty. Let’s get going!

No. 1: Place Cards
Just add a name in your word processor before printing your page (or write it in later) and then cut to fit. I guess this means Amy is officially invited for dinner!

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No. 2: Vase Update
I have this great rectangular vase that was begging to be jazzed up. I just cut around the printed image and attached it to the vase with double stick tape.



No. 3: Wall Décor Accent
I have a display of plates and mirrors in my dinning room. I simply tucked in a few of the book pages for a spooky new look! This could be done to anything hanging, be it a frame, mirror, or other wall decoration.

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No. 4: Decorative Jar Candle
Have a simple looking candle? Wrap it with an embellished book page. After cutting out the image, I attached it with double stick tape.

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No. 5: Vintage Wreath
This one is a piece of cake. Just tuck a printed page into your favorite wreath for an instant vintage touch.



No. 6: Put a Cloche on It!
Slide a mini-pumpkin and one of the pages under a cloche. Anything under a cloche always looks special and important.

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 No. 7: Candlestick Wrap

Trim the page so there is just enough to wrap around the candle. I used double stick tape to affix the page. Being tall and skinny, the skeleton key graphic worked perfectly. Use caution if you do decide to light these as old paper and flames don’t really go well together.

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No. 8. Jazz up Your Jam
I thought the paper would rip on this one, but it couldn’t have worked better! Cut a square out of your paper with your image centered. Place it on top of your jar lid and screw on the top. I then added a fun label to make the presentation even more special. In case you were wondering, that’s peach jam.

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No. 9: Art Swap
This is another easy one. Swap out a piece of artwork for one of the pages, or add it on top of a piece of artwork that may be a little larger than the printed page.

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No. 10: Specimen Jars
These vintage mason jars are always coming in handy for me. After I printed the orange and black butterflies, I trimmed the pages to size and tucked them into the jars. These would look great all year long!

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No. 11: Boring to Bold
It’s all in the details! Take a boring glass of striped drinking straws over-the-top by sliding in a page printed with skeletons. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

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No. 12: Goodie Bags
Last but not least, turn an old book page into a fun label for treats. I folded my page in half at the top of the label and cut it out, making sure not to cut the fold. Again, using double stick tape on both sides of the interior of my label, I attached it to a bag full of yummy pumpkin kisses.

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That’s it! Simple, but totally fabulous and unexpected. It really is all about the details. I hope you can use some of these ideas for your Halloween and fall decorating. What other ideas do you have for embellished book pages?

Thanks again to Amy for having me here! It was an absolute joy sharing my ideas in The Idea Room!

Thank you so much Michael!  You can bet I am coming to your party.  Thanks for setting a place for me at the table!  If you have not stopped over to Michael’s site you really need to.  He has some amazing recipes and all sorts of fun things he shares.  You will not be sorry!  –Amy

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags

Need some cute bags for your Trick-or-Treater and all their loot? I whipped up some really easy bags for my goblins using some eco-friendly reusable tote bags that you can get at your local grocery stores for an inexpensive price. I actually used bags that we already had. I had gotten them from Target and these specific ones are reusable lunch bags. They come in a bundle of three for about $5 if I remember correctly.

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**Click here for Frankenstein Trick-or-Treat Bag pattern download!

All I did was draw out an image of Frankenstein and a Skeleton and then trace it onto some colored felt. Then after cutting out each shape, I glued them onto the bags with hot glue. It really couldn’t be any simpler. If you use a reusable bag that has a logo on it, just try to figure out a way to creatively cover the logo with your felt decoration.

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**Click here for Skeleton Trick-or-Treat Bag pattern download!

The kinds of bags you can make are endless. Some other characters you could make really easily would be a cat, bat, pumpkin, ghost, monster, or mummy! Get creative. Another thing that helped me to come up with an idea of how to draw my character was to google images. Then if you see something you like you can freehand it with something to help inspire you.

So go ahead and make your own Trick-or-Treat bags. Feel free to use the free downloads I have provided, or create your own versions. As always I would love to see your photos if you end up making one yourselves!

Bendable Halloween Mummies

I recently volunteered to help in my daughter’s classroom for her Halloween party. I was asked to come up with the Halloween Crafts the kids could make in about 10 minutes. After seeing a bunch of well used ideas on the internet, we came across an idea to make “bendable mummy dolls.”

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You will need (per mummy):
2 pipe cleaners
1 cotton ball
3 12 inch strips of white cloth
2 google eyes

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First take two pipe cleaners (any color will do since they will be covered). We picked white to represent the bones of the skeleton. We twisted two together to come up with the basic shape of a stick figure. We started with the head and then worked our way around. Stick the cottonball into a circle made out of the pipe cleaners. (Sorry about the red food coloring stained fingers…that was from some other project).

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Then we took strips of an old sheet and tore it into a LOT of tiny strips. Then we just started wrapping the mummy up. I started on the neck and went up around the head and then around each body part. It takes a little practice to figure out how to wrap it for the best look. We then tied knots and tucked the ends of the strips into the cloth to start the next strip. Each mummy took about three 12 inch strips of material.

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Then I helped each of the kids hot glue some “google eyes” on their mummies.

They were a hit. Some kids had a hard time with the wrapping. But most really enjoyed coming up with their individual creations. I did it by myself with about 7-8 kids in each station. A helper would have been nice. But all in all it worked out pretty well. I premade all the skeletons because I didn’t think all the kids would be able to do that part. I would not recommend this for classes younger than 2nd grade.