fyi: featured on apartment therapy!!

oh my gravy, my DIY tutorial on making spiderwebs with yarn was featured on Apartment Therapy (#30)! Check it out along with all the other cute, um, I mean, creepy, Halloween DIY projects! Thanks AT – you just made my day!! :)


diy: halloween tulle wreath

A couple weekends ago was craft time with my dear friend and fellow crafter Anna. We made a Halloween-themed tulle wreath inspired by Our Best Bites, with a minor tweak. Instead of the styrofoam wreath, we used wooden embroidery hoops (they are a third of the cost!).

This is a pretty easy project! You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Wreath: 12″ wood embroidery hoops
  • Tulle: 6″ Black tulle (two rolls)
  • Ribbon: Celebrate It Halloween and Harvest collections  (from Michaels)
  • Hanging decoration: Halloween sign/decor (from Michaels)

Follow the steps on Our Best Bites with these helpful hints:

  • Anna and I sped up the prepping process by wrapping the tulle around a 1/2″ binder’s front cover until we ran out of tulle, then cut the two sides (along the top/bottom edges of the binder), and voila, we have tulle strips!

  • When you tie the first knot, align the two ends along the rim of the hoop (see picture below). This way, your tulle will stick straight up from the hoop, not out to the side.

  • Another way we figured out will help keep your tulle shoot straight out is by tying the second knot the same manner you tied the first knot.

My front door is now complete with a spooky spiderweb and a boo-tiful wreath! Yay! :)

diy: purple people eater luminaries

Halloween is in one week (yeah-uh!!) so if you’re in a pinch for some spooky decor, here’s a super easy craft that is cute and fun to make, especially with children. This craft was inspired by the classic “Purple People Eater” song, which I could put on repeat forever!!

1 – You will need:

  • Purple paper bags
  • Paper (in white and black)
  • Scissors
  • Circle cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Scrapbooking adhesive tape
  • Sand or small pebbles
  • Tealight candles

2 – EYES. There are two ways to make the monster’s eye. You can make them on the computer and print it out and cut the eye. OR you can be crafty and use a circle cutter to cut white and black circles. If you go this route, use the scrapbooking adhesive to tape the black circle onto the white circle.

3 – MOUTH. Cut out slits to make the mouth. I lightly bent the front face of the bag in half so that I can make the mouth in a few quick cuts. You could also use an exacto knife but don’t forget to put a piece of cardboard inside the paper bag so you don’t cut through to the back face. Though, I suppose your monster could have a face on both sides. :)

4 – TEETH. Using the white paper, cut small triangles to make fangs. Dab a small amount of adhesive tape on the base of the triangle and stick it on the inside of the bag’s front face. Be goofy and give one of ’em an underbite!

5 – FINAL DETAILS. Fill the base of the paper bag with some sand or small pebbles. Set a tealight candle in the middle and light it! And you’re done!



diy: halloween invitation

A party always begins with the invitation! It’s a great way to get your guests excited about your event and there’s something special (maybe even nostalgic?) about getting an actual invite!

Below is a simple invitation I made with a personalized tag on top. The striped leggings were created by placing strips of orange paper over the purple legs. I cut the strips at different widths for a whimsical look. The personalized tag has an embossed stamp (using embossing powder) and hand wrote each guest’s name.

Embossing is a terrific way to add texture to your paper surfaces! Here’s a video tutorial on how to do it (courtesy of CraftALotAustralia)…I love her accent!