Halloween Sign: Salem Broom Co.

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut.

I LOVE decorating for the Holidays! Don’t you? I also love to come up with new and different ideas for the Holidays.  I have a small corner in my entry way that is the perfect little spot to add some fun Season decor items.  Well…I have had a JOY sign hanging in this corner since last Christmas! haha! It was time to finally create a unique Halloween Sign for that space.

Salem Broom Co.

So, because I don’t ever do anything half way (which can be a curse…LOL) I created a couple of different Halloween Signs to decorate the area.  Today I will be sharing this Salem Broom Co. Sign with you.  I created it with my Cricut Explore and you can make it today!

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I also created this Broom Parking Sign which I really love!  I will be sharing that in a later post for you as well!  I had initially wanted to hang the Salem Broom Co. Sign on the wall, but couldn’t get it to fit well on the space I had.  I needed a vertical sign but the vertical sign option wasn’t working out how I had envisioned it…so…not one who is easily deterred, decided to build this white post to hang the sign from.  And of course I will also share how I built the post in a later post.

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You will need the following to make the Salem Broom Co. Sign


Piece of Wood 9 x 24 inches

Wood Stain (I used Minwax’s Red Mahogany Stain)

White Paint

Brown Craft Paint

Sand Paper

Stencil Paint Brush

Paint Brush

Eye Hooks or Picture Hangers


Cricut Explore


Transfer Paper

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1.  Cut your wood so that it measures 9 x 24 inches.

2.  Sand around the edges and smooth down any rough spots.  Dust off the board with a damp, clean rag.

3.  Stain the board with your stain color of choice.  Let dry 24 hours.

4.  Paint over the entire board with your white paint and let it dry.  I only painted one coat over the board because I wanted some of the stain to show through.  You can paint yours to your desired look.

5.  Cut out your vinyl on your Cricut Explore machine which you can do right now by clicking here:

cricut make it now button

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6.  Pull the vinyl LETTERS out of the vinyl so that you can do a reverse stencil and paint the words on the sign in your brown paint.

7.  Attach the transfer paper to the vinyl and transfer it onto your wood…be sure to center it.

8.  Stencil the lettering with your brown paint and stencil brush.  I did it fairly lightly so that the sign had an aged look.

9.  After the paint has dried, sand the edges and the surface of the board in different areas to create a worn look.

10.  Attach the eye hooks to the top of the sign or attach the picture hooks on the back of the sign depending on how and where you want to hang the sign.

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I would love to see photos if you make one!  I always love to see when you guys make something that I share here!  Happy Halloween Crafting!

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If you you don’t have a Cricut Explore but were looking to get one, they are having some amazing deals on them right now! You can see what they are offering here:

Cricut Explore Bundles

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DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

I have just started discussing with the kids what they want to dress up like for Halloween this year.  So we were doing some searching online to help us come up with some ideas.  In the process we found SEVERAL absolutely adorable DIY Halloween Costume ideas.  So of course, I rounded them all up in one easy to find place.  Chances are…several of you will be looking for some easy and cute Halloween ideas too!  I think you are going to love them as much as we do!

If you have any other fun ideas or costumes you have made in the past, I would love to hear about them too!!

Halloween Costumes for Kids theidearoom.net

1.  I Love Lucy Toddler Costume from Coolest Homemade Costumes


2.  Elliot & ET Costume from Bicyclestore

ET costume

3.  Superman Costume (couldn’t find the original link…if you know the original source I would love to link to it)

superman costume


4.  Olaf Costume from Desert Chica


5.  Paper Doll Costume from Dollar Store Crafts


6.  Peacock Costume from Real Simple

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7.  Monarch Butterfly Costume from Buggy and Buddy

monarch butterfly costume

7.  Queen of Hearts from Your Sparkle Box Etsy Shop


8.  Where the Wild Things Are Max Costume from The Radical Thread Co


9.  Monster Costume from Fiskars


10.  Alice in Wonderland from Weisseguys

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11.  White Rabbit from Weisse Guys

white rabbit alice in wonderland costume

12.  Edward Scissorhands from Instructables

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13.  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds from Simple Simon & Co.

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14.  Raggedy Anne Costume from Pretty Little Life

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15.  Chicken Costume from Martha Stewart

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16.  Snail Costume from Oh Happy Day

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17.  Shark Costume from Make It and Love It

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18.  Black Cat Costumes from Do It Yourself Divas

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19.  Snowman Costume from Leafy Tree Tops

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20.  Owl Costumes from This Heart of Mine


21.  Minion Costumes from One Creative Housewife

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22.  Minecraft Costume from Mom Advice


23.  Unicorn Costume from Twin Dragon Fly Designs


24.  Duct Tape Skeleton Costume on Ardor

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25.  Star Wars Costumes from Melly Sews

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Halloween Printable: Potions Book

As promised, I am sharing a fun Halloween Printable today! I have always wanted to have a Halloween Potions Book to be able to display as part of our Halloween Apothecary, which I like to pull out every year.  I had looked around for one but only found ones that didn’t really fit what I had been picturing in my mind…Does that ever happen to you?

Halloween Potion Book

I always like things that look authentic, rather than plastic-y, so I finally decided it was time to try to make my own.  I am really happy with how it turned out!

DIY Halloween Potion Book
The first thing I did was head to the Thrift Store.  I was on a mission to find some OLD looking books with a black hard cover.  I was looking for the standard size book so that I could make a cover that would fit it easily with a regular sheet of printer paper.  I found THREE books that were perfect.  The edges of the book paper was turning yellow and there were a few stains and tears…perfect for portraying a centuries old Poisons & Potions Book!

Halloween Potion spell book

You can see the other two books in the pictures.  I made another Spells and Enchantment Book that I will also be sharing a printable for! Yay!!

Halloween Potions

The Potions Book is really easy to make and literally just takes minutes to make.


1.  Print on  Regular White Paper (the front and back book covers).

2.  Cut around the book cover with scissors.

3.  Place the front cover on the front of your book and make sure you have enough paper to go around the back spine of your book so there is some overlap onto the back of the book.

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4.  Then fold the front cover around the front of the book.

5.  Take the back cover and glue it onto the folded portion of the front cover on the backside of the book.

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6.  Wrap the back of the book cover around the bottom flap of the book.

*I crumpled the book cover just a bit and added a couple of tiny tears to give the Potions Book a weathered look too.

That is it!! Easiest project ever!!!

Halloween Potion Book

I found the crow at the Dollar Store and knew he had to be a part of our Halloween Apothecary!  I keep the bottles each year and then pull them out and add colored water or the fun and creepy insects which I have also found at the Dollar Store.  I was super excited to find some rubber earth worms from the Dollar Store as well this year!  The Love Potion #9 printable was from a Valentine’s Day post that I shared a while ago, but also can work for your Halloween Apothecary.

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I found some eyeball gumballs here on Amazon.  I will be sharing a post with another Halloween project using these same eyeball gum balls at a later time too…so stay tuned for that!

Potion Book

This spider is so cute…well…if spiders can be cute.  I made this by simply painting a flat round rock black and then gluing some bent bobby pin legs to the bottom of the spider!

Halloween Potion Book

Now to share the printable!

To download a copy of the Halloween Printable Potion Book Cover click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Halloween Printable Potion Book Cover}

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Halloween Potion Book

Did you see the Halloween Potion Ingredients that I shared yesterday? These would be a fun addition to your Halloween Decor as well!  Check them out!

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Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out our past Halloween Projects here:

Halloween Projects

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Halloween Food Fun


Today we rounded up a few ideas to put some fun into your Halloween Party or just to share with your own goblins and ghouls.  25 of our favorite fun Halloween Food ideas.

1.  Monster Doughnuts from Eighteen 25

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2.  Candy Corn Marshmallow People from Knead To Cook

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3.  Graveyard Taco Dip from Chickabug


4.  Mummy Twinkie Pops from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


5.  Rice Krispie Ghost Pops from The Idea Room


6.  Pumpkin Deviled Eggs from Tadka Pasta

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7.  Halloween Witch Fingers from The Idea Room


8.  Spider Egg Donuts from Family Fresh Meals


9.  Monster Cookies from The Idea Room


10.  Nutter Butter Bats from Sweet Simple Stuff


11.  Mummy Oreo Pops from The Idea Room


12.  Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats from Glorious Treats


13.  Mummy Pizzas from The Idea Room

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14.  Zombie Boogers from Paper and Parcel

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15.  Witch Cupcakes from BHG

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16.  Oreo Eyeball Cookies from 100 Directions


17.  JELLO Blood Worms from The Idea Room


18.  Edible Jello Eyeballs from The Idea Room

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19.  Skeleton Cupcakes from Women’s DaySkeleton-Cupcakes-Recipe

20.  Oreo Bat Truffles from One Sweet Apetite


21.  Halloween Mummy Candy Bars from The Idea Room

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22.  Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks from One Little Project


23.  Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Whipped Cream Ghosts at Taste and Tell


24.  Monster Fruit Dip from 30 Days


25.  Monster Munchies from The Idea Room


Halloween Monster Eye Cookies

You guys…I am feeling like a crazy lady.  Halloween is not even here yet, and I am in the middle of setting up a Christmas tree for an upcoming project with Michaels.  People are really going to wonder about “that crazy neighbor” when they come Trick-or-Treating and spy the Christmas Tree in the window!  But, I will tell you what…it sure is making it fun and festive at our house.


The kids had an activity earlier this week that we needed to bring a dessert too.  We decided to use our favorite “go to” cookie recipe (you can find the recipe here)…

{Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Supply List:

Wilton Candy Eyes

Rolo Candy

Milk Glass Bottles

Striped Straws


And since Halloween (not Christmas…hehe) is right around the corner we thought it would be fun to make them Halloween cookies by spookify-ing them a little bit.  So right after the cookies came out of the oven, we stuck some Rolo candies in the middle of the warm cookies and then stuck a candy eyeball on the top.  (We found the Wilton candy eyes in the baking section of our grocery store…I have also seen them at Walmart and Target or you can get them from Amazon here: Wilton Candy Eyes).  Interested in having your own milk bottles like the ones in the photo? You can find them here: Milk Glass Bottles.


The warmth from the freshly baked cookie softly melts the chocolate on the Rolo which allows the Rolo to stick to the cookie and the eye to stick to the top of the Rolo without you having to do anything special to get them to stay on.



And…who doesn’t love a little extra chocolate with your Peanut Butter?

If you can’t eat Peanut Butter…or just don’t like it…then these “monster eyes” can really be added to any other type of cookie.  So just substitute your favorite cookie recipe and suit them to your own taste!


These cookies also make a great gift.  When they cooled, the Rolo hardened again, so it would be fine to wrap these up and give them away with a fun little note for Halloween…that is if they stick around long enough to cool…


Looking for some more fun Halloween ideas including recipes, crafts and free printables? Check out our past ideas here:
Halloween Projects
Halloween Projects

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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


To download the Monster Mint Labels, click here:

{Monster Mint Labels}

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.


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 Treat–Cotton Candy Cobwebs

I love coming up with simple ideas that ANYONE can recreate.  Everyone loves to get gifts!  They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive.  I think most people would agree that it is just nice to know that someone was thinking about them.  So it is a fun creative challenge for me to come up with simple, but fun gift ideas.  This Halloween I challenged myself to come up with a couple more Halloween gift ideas.  Today I am sharing with you this simple Halloween Treat–Creepy Cotton Candy Cobwebs.


Seriously people…these could NOT be any easier to make.

1.  Simply put some cotton candy in a cellophane gift package and add a couple of fake plastic spider rings.  My cellophane bags measured almost 4 inches in width and 9 inches in length.

2.  Then print the labels and cut them out around the black lines.

3.  Fold the label in half so that the words are on the front.

4.  Fold the top of the cellophane bags down and then staple the labels onto the bag near the bottom corners of the front label.

Need to find some of the items? You can find them here:

Cellophane Bags (Amazon)

Cotton Candy (Amazon) I have also seen it at Wal-Mart and Target and some grocery stores

Plastic Spiders (Amazon)


And that is it.  Really. Simple.  Now I should actually focus on something that really matters…like the kitchen…which could really use a good cleaning.

You can download the free printable here:

{Creepy Cotton Candy Cobwebs Labels}

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And now I am curious.  Do you participate in Halloween?  Do you hand out candy?  What candy do you usually hand out?  

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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 ;)!


Eerie Goblin Ears—Dried Apricots

Bloody Bat Guts—Spaghetti & Sauce

Wicked Witch Eyeballs—Grapes

Frankenstein Fingers—small pickles

Vampire Vomit—Salsa

Werewolf Fangs—gum


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 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.


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?!


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.

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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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…


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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