5 Easy Ways to Haunt Your Porch

Looking for some last-minute ideas to dress up your porch tonight? These ideas are so simple, yet pull off a big wow-factor. You probably have many of the supplies around the house.

DIY Glow Jars

DIY Glow Jars

1. These Glow Jars are sensational and so easy to make with mason jars and glow sticks. Line your walkway with them for an eerie display that will lead trick-or-treaters to your door.

Hanging Bats

Hanging Bats

2. A pair of scissors, thick place paper, painters tape, and some fishing wire are all you need to create these fantastic hanging bats. Find the templates and tutorial here.

Dry Ice

Dry Ice

3. Fog machines are pricey, but you can bring spooky, fog to your porch with some simple dry ice and water in a cauldron (or even a bucket). Use this dry ice directory to find retailers near you who sell dry ice.

Spooky Silhouettes

Spooky Silhouettes

4. A roll of black craft paper can transform your windows with these Spooky Silhoueetes. Find a variety of creepy downloads here and light up the night.

Wheelbarrow of Bones

Wheelbarrow of Bones

5. A Wheelbarrow of Bones is an easy, creepy way to greet Halloween guests at your door. Answer the door with a shovel and a ghoulish grin for added effect.

Do you have any other simple decorating ideas for Halloween? Share them in the comments section!

Creepy Treats to Make with Kids

Chances are you’ve got a Halloween party or two to attend this weekend. And chances are also that your kids are bouncing off the walls, eager for Halloween to get here already! Put that energy to use and invite the kids into the kitchen to whip up some of these frightfully easy treats to share. I’ll be doing the same!

Ritzy Halloween Spiders

Ritzy Halloween Spiders

These Ritzy Halloween Spiders are sweet and salty, peanut buttery, and so fun to make. You’ll need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Find complete instructions here.

Ogre Eyes Hot Cocoa

Ogre Eyes Hot Cocoa

There’s a chill in the air and everybody is ready to stare down a cup of hot cocoa. Why not make a minty cup that can stare back? Find the directions here.

Googly Eyed Veggies

Googly Eyed Veggies

Just because it’s Halloween, doesn’t mean you can’t get your veggies in. The kids will love these Googly Eyed Veggies and will barely even notice that they’re healthy! Find directions here.

Zombie Marshmallows

Zombie Marshmallows

These Zombie Marshmallows are killing me with cuteness! Use edible marking pens to draw your own versions of these adorable living dead! Find complete instructions here.

Have a wonderful weekend getting your Halloween on!

How To: Make a Personalized Pencil Case

MF Pencil Case
Here’s a fun activity for the kids that will get them excited for the upcoming school year: personalized pencil cases! You only need a few simple supplies, a quiet summer afternoon, and a reluctant back-to-schooler to get started.

Personalized Pencil Cases

Pencil case
newspaper or magazine
colored paper
scissors
Modge Podge
sponge brush

Directions
Cut out strips of newspaper or magazine to cover the top of your pencil case. Cut out block letters from colored paper (or cut out large, block letters from your newspaper or magazine). Lay out your design and trim as needed to fit.

Paint a thin layer of Modge Podge over the surface of the pencil case. Lay each strip down and paint a thin layer of Modge Podge on top of it before adding the next strip of paper. Once the surface is covered, add your block letters in the same manner, painting Modge Podge on top. Once completed, allow your pencil case to thoroughly dry before handling.

Stuff with pencils (or cookies).

TIP: No need to stick to print, have kids cut out their favorite pictures from magazines or use printed photos from their summer vacation to create a collage.

How To: Make Confetti Eggs

MF Surprise Eggs Instead of making traditional dyed eggs this year for the Easter baskets, why not try these fun confetti-filled eggs? These eggs (sometimes called cascarpones) are so fun to make and very easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

eggs
push pins
egg carton
tissue paper, cut into small 1-3 inch pieces
Modge Podge
sponge brushes

Start by poking tiny holes in the top of each egg with a push pin to create a hole just big enough to blow air through, about this big:
MF Top HOle

Then create a larger hole in the bottom of the egg in the same way. You can determine the size you want depending on what you want to put inside of it (small toys, money, or confetti.) This is just about the right size for confetti, but even a little bigger makes it easier, especially for kids.
MF Bottom Hole

Standing over the sink or a large bowl, blow a long, steady breath through the top of the egg. The white membrane and yolk will soon come shooting out. (The kids love this part.) If you want, you can save the yolks and whites and cook with them, although I’ve found too many tiny shell particles in mine, so I usually toss them out. Rinse the outside of the egg if needed.

Set your eggs in the paper carton, bottom side down, to drain and dry several hours or overnight. Once they are dry, insert your confetti or toys or money in the larger hole. I create a simple funnel using a piece of paper to pour the confetti in. Remember, a little confetti goes a long way—no need to fill it full.

Using the sponge brush and Modge Podge, put a thin layer over and all around the opening. Top it with a piece of tissue paper and coat it all again with Modge Podge. Add more pieces of tissue paper to cover the entire egg, patchwork style. Once covered, return the egg to dry in the carton or another clean surface. When you’re ready, hide them, share them, crack them, and enjoy them! They will likely become an Easter tradition for you and your family.
MF Finished Eggs

HINT: Make reusable Easter decorations by leaving the  hollow eggs empty. The shellacking will preserve the shells, making them last for years and years!

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