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More DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY Halloween Costume IdeasDo you have your costumes together yet?  Do you dress up as a family, just dress up the kids, put a lot of effort into your own costume?  I’ve been ignoring the looming deadline, but finally asked the kids what they want to be.  Thankfully, my little one assured me that she wants nothing more than to be a black kitty again, so it’s just the older two that need costumes.  eek!  The kids like to encourage me to expand my DIY Halloween Costume experience.  I tried to toss out ideas for some of the costumes that have been used in the past, but there were no takers.    Dorothy?  

Dorothy Costume Tutorial

Little Red Riding Hood?

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Princess?

 

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Princess Dress Sewing Tutorial

Princess Gown Bustle Skirt Tutorial

ELSA???  Anyone?  Please?

Elsa Dress Sewing Tutorial No?  I have an order for an angel costume, so I can see myself getting way too carried away with the creation of some fabulous wings like this DIY Angel Costume:

DIY Angel Costume

I also have an order for “movie star”, which apparently means lots of sequins??…and an excuse for another trip to Jo-Ann!  Here’s my daughter’s inspiration:

Movie Star Costume

Wish me luck!!  At least I have my kitty cat ears done!  Here’s a so simple Halloween Headbands tutorial I shared over at I Heart Naptime last week:

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Or maybe you just need to add a pair of easy DIY Leggings - I’m sharing a tutorial over at Riley Blake Designs blog today!

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Here are links to even MORE Halloween costume tutorials and inspiration if you’re finding yourself in a similar position to me!  GOOD LUCK!!  You have two weeks – GO!!

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Fabric Keychain DIY

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

Have I ever shared with you my thoughts on SOCCER?  No?  Well….I never played soccer, nor did my husband.  I think between us, we’ve played every single common sport there is, other than soccer.  So no surprise that our little firecracker Grace came home insisting on playing soccer this year.  The season has begun and I’m trying to embrace the schedule, and the grass, and the dirt.  I’ve found a couple ways to help things run more smoothly.  First, keep folding chairs in the car at all times!  Second, keep all socks, shin guards, jerseys, cleats, balls, and water bottles in one place.

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Enter this (totally cute!) huge canvas bag that my friends at Jo-Ann sent me a couple weeks ago.  It seriously functions so well as a soccer stuff bag.  I can fit all of Grace’s stuff in it, plus my own small purse, snacks for the other girls, and a sweater!  What’s better is that it’s darker in color and made of a heavy canvas so the dirt and grass brushes right off and any stains blend right in.  I also added a couple keychain type gadgets – 1) so that I can hook my keys inside the tote AND 2) a longer one that I can hook dirty cleats to and hang off the side of the bag.  Still gives me free hands for carrying chairs and tired kids!  And the wristband style fabric keychain makes it SO much easier for me to find my keys when I want to toss them in my bag, or across the kitchen counter, or whatever!

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

This fabric keychain project is a cinch – it will take you less than 15 minutes to sew one up if you’d like – here’s a quick tutorial!

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

    1. Cut one strip of fabric 4″ wide by 15-20″ long.  Cut one strip of felt or batting 1″ wide by 15-20″ long.  Fold the fabric in half along its length and then press each side into the center making a strip with sides turned in, about 1″ wide.
    2. Open up fabric strip and place strip of felt inside.
    3. Turn one short end of the fabric strip in and press (about 1/2″).  Trim felt strip back so that its end is just beyond the raw edge of the folded in fabric.
    4. Refold fabric strip along its pressed creases and pin together.  Slip a keychain hook over the end and slide it down and out of the way.
    5. Wrap the fabric strip into a circle and slip the raw edge of one end inside the folded edge of the other side to form a finished circle.
    6. Pin the enclosed ends and stitch along this line to enclose the circle.
    7. Stitch along the open edge of the fabric loop to close up the strip.  Continue stitching lines about 1/4″ apart around the keychain for a neat, quilted look.
    8. To finish, wiggle the keychain hook down to one end of the fabric loop.  Stitch from the end to about 1/3 of the way up the loop, stitching through both layers of the fabric, forming a wristband at the other end. (see below)

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

Cute, right?Fabric KeychainIf you’d like to sew one into your canvas bag, I’ll tell you what I did – instead of sewing the whole thing into a loop, I just skipped steps 5 and 6; then, I ripped out a few stitches on the binding around the top of the bag, slipped the raw edges of the keychain under there, and sewed it back on.

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

Tote with Fabric Keychain

You can find this canvas tote bag, as well as a few other styles, at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  It can be purchased in-store only for $9.99 with any purchase of $30 or more.  I think that’s a pretty good deal!  Okay!  Have a great day – running around to….wherever you’re surely running around to!

Cute Fabric Keychain DIY

 

**I was compensated by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to share this post.  All opinions are, as always, my own.**

Fun Makeup How To + DIY Fashion and Giveaway!!

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When I turned thirteen, my mom let me have a make-up birthday party.  I invited just a few friends and my mom’s Mary Kay® Independent Beauty Consultant came over with her many mirrors and bags of makeup and she taught us all how to hold the mascara wand and find the perfect shade of sheer pink lip gloss.  I remember feeling soooo grown up.  Although I haven’t had much in the way of makeup lessons since then my girly girl heart still loves to try! Mary Kay® sent me a humongous box of makeup with step by step instructions to do two complete looks based on two looks created by Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist, Luis Casco, which were featured on season 13 of Project Runway.  I squealed like a kid in a candy store looking at my box of goodies.  Makeup plus Project Runway makes this girl happy!!!

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The first look is the Emerald Smoke Look, which includes some fun green tones to dress up the eyes, a cream blush, and some awesome lip liner/lipstick.  I thought that I might make a complete mess of myself with all of the bold colors, but I found the cream eye color and cream blush to blend in easily and the mineral eye colors have a pretty shimmer that boost the classy factor.  I was maybe more conservative on the eye color and liner than I could have been; I think next time, I’ll add a bit more.  I don’t know that I would do up this eye look on any given Monday, but I think that it would be fun on occasion.  The lip liner and lipstick for this look might be my new favorite makeup items though.  I really love the color with my skin tone. This is one that I’d use on a daily basis.

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Here’s how to create the entire Emerald Smoke Look:

  1. Apply Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Meadow Grass to eyelids as a base to make the color pop and apply Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Emerald on top. Brush Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Lime to the inner thirds of the eyes with the Mary Kay® Eye Smudger Brush for an eye-brightening effect.
  2. Line the base of your top and bottom lashlines with Mary Kay®Eyeliner in Black and smudge slightly to create a smoky look.
  3. Apply two coats of Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in I ♥ black.
  4. With your fingertips or a clean Mary Kay® Liquid Foundation Brush, blend Mary Kay® Cream Blush in Cranberry onto the apples of your cheeks. Start sheer and build the intensity as you see fit based on your skin tone.
  5. Line lips with Mary Kay® Lip Liner in Cappuccino and top off withTrue Dimensions® Lipstick in Mystic Plum directly from the tube.

You can also watch a video of Luis Casco creating the Emerald Smoke look by clicking here.  To compliment this look further, he suggests adding natural textures like leather and snakeskin to your clothing choices and some sequins for sparkle!  Here are a few fun finds from around the web to make this look work! Emerald Smoke Look from Mary Kay + coordinating DIY ideas

Emerald Smoke Makeup Look  | DIY Gem Statement Necklace Kit  |  Snakeskin Neon Clutch Tutorial  |  Sequin Cardigan DIY

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The second look is the Graphic Eye Look and it encourages a playful take on the cat eye.  This look was a ton of fun to try as it’s way out of my comfort zone.  The eye liner took me a number of tries to get the line straight(ish) and the “cat eye” angle right, but after I watched the video, I had a better idea of how to do it.  I appreciated the subtlety of the bronzing powders, too, because I don’t typically use them and I didn’t want to look like my cheeks were caked in makeup.  I think it turned out pretty good.  I actually really like the lipstick and lip gloss combo for this look, too.  It’s light and fresh and compliments the drama of the blue eyeliner.  My girls were really excited about this look and the blue on my eyes took me right back to my early days of makeup experimentation!

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Here’s how to create the Graphic Eye Look:

  1. Apply Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Moonstone to eyelids as a base and brush Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Driftwood to the creases and under the eyes with the Mary Kay® Eye Crease Brush to create depth.
  2. Apply Mary Kay At Play™ Bold Fluid Eyeliner in Blue My Mind in a very thin line from the upper inner corners to the middle of the eyes. Apply Mary Kay® Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black from the outer corners until it meets the blue eyeliner.
  3. Apply Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium to the cheeks as a highlighter for a bronzed look. Apply Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder in Medium-Dark to the hairline and under cheekbones to create a really modern contour on the face.
  4. Apply two coats of Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara™ in Black.
  5. Apply True Dimensions® Lipstick in Pink Chérie directly from the tube and top off with Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Au Naturel.

You can also watch a video of Luis Casco creating the Graphic Eye look by clicking here.  To compliment this look further, he suggests continuing the graphic theme with statement jewelry, a clutch with geometric patterns and a pop of blue!  Here are a few fun finds from around the web to make this look work! Graphic-Eye-look-collage

Graphic Eye Makeup Look  |  DIY Cobalt Blue Statement Necklace  |  Charm Watch Tutorial  |  DIY No-Sew Headwrap

I have to say that I’m loving the new supplements to my makeup collection!  Share which look you’d like to try in the comments below to be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card, plus  a collection of Mary Kay® products to create one of the looks featured + some beauty essentials.

For more information you can visit Mary Kay® on Project RunwayFacebookYoutube, and of course, their website 

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Glitter Bow Headbands DIY

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Gosh, I love making headbands.  They take so little time and are inexpensive to make.  These Glitter Bow headbands can even be no-sew!  Two of my little ones still loooove wearing headbands and when they saw the glitter and sparkle on these pretties, they went a little crazy!  Make a few of these this weekend and the accessory drawer will be all restocked for heading back to school after the long weekend!

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Here’s how to make them!

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Gather your supplies; you will need:

  • 2 pieces of tulle, cut 10″ long x 4″ wide (this is 1/8 yard cut down into 10″ sections)
  • 17″ piece of 1/2″ wide elastic (glitter elastic available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores)
  • 3 – 8″ lengths of 1/2″ wide ribbon (I even used bias tape for this gold headband!)
  • scrap of 1/2″-3/4″ ribbon for center of bow
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine or needle & thread (optional)

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 1:  Gather each piece of tulle into an accordion shape, pinching it at the center and working in the gathers evenly.  Place a dot of hot glue into the center of the tulle and pinch/press it down (using a granite counter top works wonderfully) until the glue cools and the accordion shape holds.  Repeat with the other piece of tulle.  Set tulle aside.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 2:  Fold each length of ribbon in half and form a crease in the center (or mark with a fabric marker).  b) Place a dot of hot glue at the crease mark in the ribbon.  Fold one side into the center and secure in place.  c) Work quickly or add more hot glue and fold the other end into the center to form your first bow shape.  Repeat with the other two lengths of ribbon.

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Step 3:  Stack the three bows as shown in the picture above.  The first should sit straight on a horizontal line.  The other two should fall at a slight diagonal to either side of the center horizontal.  Use small beads of hot glue to secure each layer together.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 4:  Use hot glue (or a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine for added security) to join the two ends of the elastic to form the headband.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 5:  Hot glue the two tulle accordions side by side over the joined ends of the headband.  Hot glue the ribbon bow directly on top of the tulle.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 6:  On the backside of the headband, add a dab of hot glue and glue down one end of the ribbon scrap.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 7:  Wrap the center ribbon around the front of the bow, pulling taut, and then continue wrapping back to the underside.  Add more hot glue and secure this bow center in place.  Cut off the excess scrap and….

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

your adorable headband is complete!!!

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

You can substitute some scraps of lace for the tulle as well!  The grosgrain ribbon looks really nice as a bow, too.Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Had enough? How about this gorgeous “I lost three teeth in one week” smile?

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Or this, “Can I be any cuter giggling up at my sister’s window?” Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Gosh, they’re cute.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew
Alright, I’m done! Have a great weekend! Do something fun!

 

These headbands were inspired by some darling retail headbands found at Crazy8!

New Year’s Eve Hats – DIY

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

We don’t typically do anything wild and crazy for New Year’s Eve.  We eat something unhealthy, like nachos or more fudge, watch a movie, and nod to each other at midnight…if we’re awake.  Nevertheless, I walked past an end cap at Target with celebratory hats, looked at the discount tinsel in my shopping cart, and decided to make a few New Year’s Eve hats to throw a little extra fun into our quiet festivities.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Making these New Year’s Eve hats is quick and easy and probably requires no explanation, but I’ll do a quick walk through just in case.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Basically, you

  • print and cut out the template – click here for template
  • trace the template onto cardstock,
  • cut it out,
  • gently wrap into a cone, insert the tabs into the slit, and hot glue for extra security.
  • Add a 15-inch piece of tinsel around the base of the hat with hot glue
  • Add a small fluff of tinsel to the top of the hat with hot glue
  • Cut an elastic cord or ribbon to hold the hat on – 15 inches for children, 18 inches for adult
  • Hot glue each end of the elastic cord on each inner side of the hat.
  • Add glittered letters or signs if you like (I didn’t have glittery letters, so I mod podged some glitter onto other letter stickers)

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Presto!!  Now you’re ready to party!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

DIY Temporary Tattoos

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I ‘ve just about wrapped up all of my Halloween projects for this year.  It’s time to set down the crafting and do a little more enjoying of the festivities.  Today, I’m off helping my daughter’s class build a scarecrow for their school’s fall festival.  Not sure how I got roped into the scarecrow creation – I’ve never built one in my life, wish us luck.  At least I’m bringing candy popcorn to distract the students from my obvious lack of experience with the scarecrow.  hahaha!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

I did want to share these tattoos that I made with my Silhouette last week.  I cannot get over that you can make custom tattoos – DIY Temporary Tattoos – what??!!  Did you know about this?    You can purchase the tattoo paper and then create your layout using the Silhouette software.  I purchased several designs (for 99cents each) that are “print and cut”,  and arranged them in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ space.  Then you put the sheet of printable tattoo paper in your home printer and print the designs along with the register marks.

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Once the designs are done printing, you add the included adhesive sheet over the page and place it on the cutting mat.  Once you hit “cut”, the machine scans the sheet to find the register marks so that it knows exactly where to cut out the designs.  I haven’t used this function before and I didn’t think it could possibly work out accurately - but it did!   It cuts around each design perfectly, you peel off the excess paper, and the tattoos are ready to use!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Sooooo cool!  I was a little eager to try these out and maximize my space and some of the designs ended up kind of small – good to know for next time.

 
DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!
I think it would be so fun to use these as an alternate to candy for trick or treaters or to hand out in goody bags at a party.  My girls love temporary tattoos.  Oh!  And I have a tip for getting off some of those tattoos that last through several baths – rubbing alcohol – takes ‘em right off.

 

The tattoo paper kit is included in the Silhouette October special bundle.  More on the bundle when I shared the Black Cat Treat Boxes.