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.

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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}

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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:

{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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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?


 

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

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