Showing posts with label halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

No-carve unicorn pumpkin craft with unicorn horn, flower crown and eyelashes
If you love all things unicorn, you will absolutely love this DIY pumpkin craft that is perfect for Halloween!

Hi Creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun no carve pumpkin craft featuring everyone's favorite animal: unicorns!

I have two different ways you can make this easy unicorn craft for Halloween:

You can make a cute unicorn girl pumpkin or a cool unicorn boy pumpkin with sunglasses. Easy and adorable!

If you hate the mess of carving pumpkins, this is an especially wonderful solution to decorating pumpkins. No sharp tools or goopy mess required!

I made these with fresh white pumpkins but if you want them to last forever, you can buy convincing looking fake pumpkins online.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to make Halloween luminaries with recycled glass jars

If you're looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with kids, look no further than your recycling bin! 

With a little help from Mod Podge and tissue paper (or napkins) you can transform empty glass jars to adorable Halloween luminaries. 

These recycled glass jar luminaries are easy to make and a perfect first Mod Podge project. 

This Halloween luminary project I designed was featured on Hands on Crafts for Kids in December of 2015. 

While the version of my Halloween luminaries aired by Hands on Crafts for Kids is a little different than the way I designed it (they used Elmer's glue instead of Mod Podge for example), watching the video below will give you the basic technique for making them.

Friday, March 30, 2018

How to make a seashell crown or DIY mermaid tiara
If you have dreams of being a mer-princess, this beautiful mermaid crown is for you! Every mermaid princess needs a spectacular seashell crown to top their long flowing hair. This DIY headpiece isn't hard to make and will be sure to impress whether you are partying at a festival or trick or treating for Halloween.

I originally designed this mermaid crown to be part of little girl's mermaid Halloween costume (full mermaid costume tutorial here) but it is definitely sophisticated enough for the adult mermaid as pictured. 

If you use my tutorial to create your own mermaid crown, let me know! Share a picture in the Creative Green Living Tribe or tag me on Instagram.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

how to make a DIY unicorn headband with free pattern

If you love unicorns, you will love this pattern for a DIY unicorn horn headband. Unicorn headbands are the perfect unicorn party accessory, or for playing make believe. This unicorn headband is built on a plastic headband with a felt unicorn horn and two-colored unicorn ears. 

For Valentine's Day last year I made a whole collection of unicorn headbands for all the first graders at my son's school and they loved them! If you can cut out felt and use a glue gun, you can make these headbands! I've got a free download for a printable unicorn horn and ears pattern as well - just read through the tutorial and you can click over to grab it!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

If you love Star Wars like we do then you will LOVE these Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns! Whether you like painting, carving or decorating, there's a pumpkin here for you!  Whether you love porgs, droids, the dark side, the death star, C3PO, R2D2 and more - there's a pumpkin for you! These 12 DIY Star Wars pumpkin tutorials are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit as you decorate your front porch for Halloween in true geek chic fashion.  


Friday, September 29, 2017

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! With Star Wars The Last Jedi trailers and other spoilers released, we are privy to an adorable new creature that will appear in the next episode: Porgs. From the planet Ahch-To, porgs are modeled after puffins and are so cute with their little frowny faces. 

It's easy to make a porg jack-o-lantern for Halloween using paint and either a real pumpkin or a craft pumpkin (craft pumpkins are great because you can re-use the same pumpkin next year!). Let me show you how to make an adorable porg pumpkin craft to set out on your porch for Halloween!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More than 20 unicorn craft ideas - All the best unicorn crafts from unicorn costumes to easy unicorn crafts for preschoolers

If you are looking for a unicorn craft, this is the place to be!

Here's a fun fact about me: I am obsessed with unicorns. 

Of course, as someone who also loves to do crafts I naturally want to do all the unicorn crafts!

If you have spent any time on Pinterest lately, you will see that I am clearly not alone! Unicorn crafts everywhere!

Kids, teens and adults alike are embracing the magical rainbow unicorn love and whipping up unicorn crafts left and right. (looking for more unicorn stuff? I have a Unicorn Love Pinterest board for you!)

You know your friend that is obsessed with unicorn stuff? Browse through this list to get some great unicorn craft ideas to really make their day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I've talked before about my large glass jar collection. Not only are glass jars great for holding leftovers, but they make a great craft medium as well. (see all my projects using glass jars here!).

For this project, you can transform empty glass jars into lacey votive candle holders in less than 15 minutes with just a handful of supplies.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active) and I want to see a show of hands: who else is excited about fall?! The crisp air, the sweaters, the pumpkin-flavored everything... And I'm obviously stoked for the seasonal decorations. The whirlwind of Halloween through Christmas is about to start, so I've been getting some projects done a little early. One of them is a pumpkin centerpiece for our dining room table and it was SO fast. In retrospect I could've waited until the 11th hour for this one, but oh well. At least it's one less thing on the list, right? Here's how to make one for yourself.


  • Fake or real pumpkin (I used a Funkin!)
  • Silk flowers, one large bloom and one small
  • Faux leaves or branches
  • Wire cutters
  • Serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit


Step 1: 
I was initially going to use a real pumpkin for this, but then I realized two things. One, I would have to scoop out the pumpkin guts and I hate that. And two, the pumpkin would eventually rot and I'd have to take my arrangement apart. If I used a Funkin, I could keep the centerpiece forever! (Or at the very least, I'd have a vessel for a new fall arrangement next year.) So a fake pumpkin it was - but you can totally use a real one if you don't mind scooping pumpkin guts. The first step was to cut out a circle on top and remove the stem. (this is where you'd also remove the guts of a real pumpkin if that's your choice)

Step 2: 
The rest of the process is easy but if you've never crafted with fake flowers before, I do have some tips for getting a cute arrangement quickly and easily. You'll want to position your largest flowers first. In my case, it was some green hydrangeas.

Step 3: 
The next step is to add some dimension, preferably with a leaf or other non-flower item. I found these excellent red leaves for 50% off at JoAnn. I pulled most of the "branches" off of the bigger stem because the whole thing was pretty big.

I put some leaves beneath the hydrangeas so they hung down over the front of the pumpkin. I also tucked a few of them up into the flowers themselves to fill in some gaps. This part was very unscientific. Just put the leaves where you see a sad empty space.

To get the bottom leaves to stay in place, I bent the ends slightly and hooked them over the edge of the pumpkin. If you plan to keep your arrangement for the long haul, you could use a dot of craft glue on the underside of the branch.

Step 4: 
Finally, you'll add your second (smaller!) flower. I picked ivory because I was already working with two darker colors and some contrast was in order. As with the leaves, I kind of popped these in wherever there was a naked spot. I only had to use three.

One of the flowers went in at the bottom, so I did the same bend-the-stem trick I used with the leaves and hooked it inside of the pumpkin. The hydrangeas are voluminous enough that things don't really move around, anyway.

That's it! Now you can kick back with some apple cider and admire your stylish table.

I know some people are nervous about flower arranging, but cutting the hole in the top of the fake pumpkin was the worst part. I might make a couple of these to give as hostess gifts as we get into party season! A glittery winter version with some frosted leaves in a white pumpkin would be so pretty.

What pumpkin crafts have you made this year? What's in your fall centerpieces?

About the Author: 
Paige Ronchetti is an interior decorator and blogger who writes about DIY projects, decor inspiration, and personal style over at Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active). When she's not blogging, she's working with local clients through The Room Kit, her budget-friendly interior design business. Her favorite books are Harry Potter. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

This post is brought to you by FolkArt Paint.

Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? Plaid Crafts recently asked me to use some of their FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint to whip up some budget friendly Halloween decor. To meet their challenge, I decided to transform some flower pots into adorable spiders. This is a perfect way to repurpose used terracotta pots (just wash them first!) - or if needed you can pick up some new ones at your local craft store or dollar store for less than $1 each!

The great thing about the FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint is that not only can you use it on everything from wood to pottery to glass and more - but it is super durable, too! This means that these decorations will resist both moisture and rust so you can leave them outside without worries. Of course the greenie in me loves that it's a non-toxic water based formula - so no stinky smells or VOCs to pollute the air in my home.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Make a Glow in the Dark Stick Figure Costume #CreativeGreenLiving

Are you scrambling to come up with a good last minute, no-sew Halloween costume that won't break the bank? This costume is inexpensive and a perfect last minute DIY to make with some dollar store glow sticks. Be a solo stick figure or be a whole family or squad of stick figures - this costume is totally customizable so swap out the colors, add some sweet hair or even a cute skirt!


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

With a family full of boys, there is a strong fascination with monsters in my house. That is just one reason why I love this project from Amanda at Crafts by Amanda. Of course, it gets bonus points for using recycled cardboard tubes and for its timeliness with Halloween. I think it would be fun to make a little village of these monsters to live on a shelf or a ledge!

Monday, October 28, 2013

I have totally been that mom. The one that still has no idea what her kid is going to be for Halloween until the day before. Last minute girl costumes are easy to throw together. Most girls have a tutu or floofy dress of some kind, throw that on and add a crown and boom! You're a princess. 

Boys can be a little more challenging. But they don't have to be! Here are 15 great last minute Halloween costumes you can throw together for your boy - on a budget!

Friday, October 25, 2013

No-sew costume #creativegreenliving
My son is obsessed with bees. When he turned three, we had a bee birthday party, which was the inspiration for this fun costume. Best of all? It's no-sew, baby! If you are scared of your sewing machine (or just don't have one), you can still have a pretty sweet costume.


  • Body & Wings
  • Antenna
    • Black headband
    • Thick and Thin chenille stems
    • Wire cutters
    • Hot glue
  • Black pants
  • Black long sleeve shirt


Thursday, October 24, 2013

I've been going Halloween Costume Crazy! Most of my costumes are for boys but when I found out one of my friends wanted help coming up with a mermaid costume for her little girl I was delighted to get involved! We made the tail with pants instead of a skirt to make it easier for an active girl to do her thing without worrying about tripping or wardrobe malfunctions.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This post is brought to you by Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.
My husband says I have a "glass jar problem." If a glass jar comes through our house, chances are we're keeping it. They are just so darn useful for everything from food storage to crafts (like these great luminaries I'm about to show you from the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club) - why in the world would you throw them out?!

Dollar Tree asked me to check out their Value Seekers Club (confession: I was actually already a member!) and to recreate one of their October crafts. I was immediately drawn to these luminaries and figured they would be a great way to use up some of my glass jar stash. Of course, if you don't have a glass jar stash (ahem) you can pick up lots of great jarred goods at Dollar Tree or even vases and candle holders to use instead. I may or may not be guilty of checking out their grocery section just to look for glass jars I like the shape of (don't tell Joe!).

This is what the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club version looks like:

Cute, right?! I'm sure you can see why I was drawn to this project.

I made mine a smidge differently than Dollar Tree - in part because I wanted mine to live outside. Check out how I made mine below. 

Supplies (for the CGL version)


Monday, October 14, 2013

This summer I showed you how to make a shark fin t-shirt over on Dollar Store Crafts for shark week. Building on the shark shirt we already had, we were able to pull together a super easy shark costume in no-time and for less than $10.


  • Shark Shirt - $3
    • two grey t-shirts
    • double sided extra firm iron-on interfacing
    • sewing machine or needle & thread
    • permanent marker
    • paper
    • iron & press cloth
    • scrap cardboard
  • Long sleeve shirt in black, white or grey, on hand
  • Grey pants, on hand
  • Grey hat, $1
  • Grey mittens, $1
  • Black fabric scraps
  • Stuffed fish props, $1 each

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I've been there. The week before Halloween scramble. The "holy crap, I'm broke but my kid needs a costume" realization. This is the perfect kids costume if you need something inexpensive and easy to throw together - with minimal crafting (and NO SEWING!) involved!

Creative Green Halloween costumes are all about using what you have or using things that you'll reuse again later. This costume was great because we had everything except for the fish on hand. I spent a whopping $1 on this costume!

If your family doesn't already happen to be outdoor enthusiasts, you may need to spring for a fishing vest. These can be picked up inexpensively for $5-$10 in the sporting goods section of big box stores. If you need a fishing pole, check your local thrift store. It doesn't even have to work! Alternately, your little fisherman could carry a net instead, which if lined with fabric could double as a trick-or-treating candy receptacle.


  • Bucket Hat
  • Plaid shirt
  • Fishing vest - pick one up in the sporting goods or toy aisle of a local store
  • Jeans or cargo pants
  • Hiking boots or rain boots
  • Fishing pole
  • Electrical tape
  • Safety pin
  • Fake fish (we got ours at the dollar store)
If you don't already have a fishing pole or can't find one at your local thrift store, use a net instead.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I can't get over how cute these scrappy little pumpkins are. I just love how Tanya from Twelve O Eight transforms something that would otherwise go in the recycling bin into something adorable to decorate her home. Check out the full tutorial on Twelve O Eight (link below).


  • Empty tin cans
  • Orange craft paint
  • Awl (or a hammer and a nail)
  • Branches
  • Thick wire
  • Scrap book paper
  • Wire cutter
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue


Find the directions online at Twelve O Eight: Painted Junky Pumpkins

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Did you craft along with me when we made a Patriotic Windchime this summer? The tin can windchime is back and ready for Halloween as a friendly ghost! Make several and hang them from a tree in your yard or in groups on your porch.


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