Spooky Halloween Shadow Puppets

October 26, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we’ve got a great project for you. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, or just looking for an evening away from the TV… Download our free template to create these spooky Halloween shadow puppets, then turn out the lights, and let your imagination run wild.

Free Hallowen Shadow Puppet Printable

Download the free printable here

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October 15, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Making your child’s costume shouldn’t be the scariest thing about Halloween. You don’t need to be a master seamstress, or even own a sewing machine for that matter. With a little bit of imagination you can easily make a fun creative costume for your little trick-or-treaters.

One of the easiest ways to make a Halloween costume is to start with a solid-colored hoodie, or onesie. Don’t feel like you need to make the whole costume from scratch. Make your life easier… stores like American Apparel carry a whole rainbow of solid colored clothing just waiting to be embellished and turned into something fabulous.

And if you can’t find the exact color you’re looking for you can always buy white, and dye it to suit your project (check out this site for some tips on dyeing onesies).

great start to an easy halloween costume

You can turn a solid colored hoodie or onesie into pretty much any creature you can imagine. Have a look at the inspiration below, and then let your imagination run wild.

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

1. Adorable Dalmatian Puppy – This white hoodie set, was transformed into a cute little dalmatian, simply by adding black paint spots all over. Attach a couple of ears and some socks painted with paws, and top it off with a little bit of eyeliner for a nose and some freckles.

2. Little Miss Sunshine – Embellish a cute yellow dress with a sun cut out of felt. You can buy felt letters and ribbon at most craft stores to create the sash. Check out the full how-to here.

3. Pink Owl – This costume would work great with pretty much any color of hoodie. Find matching fleece or felt from your local fabric store to make the feathers and simply sew them on, or even use your glue gun. Decorate a pre-cut foam mask to complete the look. For printable templates and full instructions check out this tutorial.

4. Halloween Onesies – Looking for something simple for your new born? Again with just a solid colored onesie and some felt you can turn your little one into a pumpkin, a skeleton, or a ghost.

5. DIY Bat Costume – Sew wings to the sleeves of a solid shirt for an easy Bat costume that’s comfortable to wear. The mask is cut from a template and worn over sunglasses to get the effect of dark eyes. (more Bat inspiration)

6. SuperHeros – Be your own super hero this halloween. An easy cape and a letter or symbol of your choice are the start of a great costume. Add some metallic leggings from American Apparel, and embellish with a belt, some cuffs, and a mask or a headband. Got more than one kid? Why not create a whole team of superheros?

7. Shark Costume – A grey sweatsuit is quickly transformed into an adorable shark. A white chest, some jagged teeth and a fin sewn down the back of the hoodie complete the look.

Perhaps you need a little bit more help turning your solid colored clothing into something a little more creative… look no further than etsy. You can buy simple hats and accessories to help turn your costumes into something truly memorable.

8. Bumble Bee | 9. Srcuffy Lion | 10. Assored Halloween Hats

Remember just keep it simple. Kids costumes don’t need to be overly complex, a couple of simple accessories are usually all it takes to make a great costume.

Are you making your child’s Halloween costume this year? We’d love to see what you came up with so don’t forget to share your creations on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/TalkCraftyToMe.

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Felt Bat Pillow

October 19, 2010 - Filed under Felt, Halloween, How-to

More often than not Halloween decorations can be pretty tacky, or over the top, but I love this subtle tone-on-tone bat pillow from Ameroonie Designs. Check out the tutorial and make your own. While you’re at it, why not try a white one with ghosts, or an orange one with pumpkins!

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Halloween Mood Lighting

October 18, 2010 - Filed under Halloween

Nothing sets the mood for a Halloween party more than lighting. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite lighting ideas to help you create a festive glow in your home.

Glam Goth Candle Holders | Dollar Store Candle | Tin Can Jack-O-Lanterns | Painted Jar Luminaries | Spooky Packing Tape Transfers | Silhouette Luminaries | Vellum Table Lanterns | PVC Flicker Flame Lights | Costumed Candle Holders

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DIY Pottery Barn Costume Replica

October 15, 2010 - Filed under Halloween

These adorable costumes from Pottery Barn have been making their way around the internet and I can definitely say I’m smitten! I don’t have a little one to dress up, but if I did I know I wouldn’t be spending upwards of $50 on a costume.

So I was delighted to find this DIY replica of the cupcake costume. This no-sew version came out to a mere $18.67 and is pretty darn cute. Patrice from Lemon Tree Creative, shows you the steps she took to recreate this, with no sewing involved!

– See the tutorial

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DIY – Cardboard Haunted House

October 14, 2010 - Filed under Halloween, How-to

Where does the time fly? I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October and I’m just getting started on my Halloween posts! Ooops…. Well, hopefully to make up for it, I’ve got a great project to share with you from the fabulous people at Alpha Mom!

This Halloween Fun-House is perfect for those of you with little ones, but it also makes a great prop if you’re throwing a party or just want to decorate your lawn.

All you need are a couple of cardboard boxes, some paint, and your imagination! With the help of this tutorial, you can have your own spooky haunted house in no time!

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009 - Filed under Halloween

This Jack ‘O Ghost is from Etsy’s ‘Out of Our Gourds‘.

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DIY Halloween Garland Freebie!

October 27, 2009 - Filed under Free Stuff, Halloween, How-to, Paper goods

Looking for some last minute Halloween decorations? Here’s a quick project I designed that you can download for free!

Print the pdf onto card stock, cut out the circles and thread them along a piece of ribbon or string. Feel free to use the pieces any way you like. Spell out “Happy Halloween” across your mantel, or sting individual circles from your ceiling. You could even shrink them down, attach them to toothpicks and use them as cupcake toppers! The sky’s the limit, so get creative.


Download the Garland

The pdf contains 5 spooky illustrations, all the letters to spell “Happy Halloween”, and a few assorted patterns to break things up.

(p.s. feel free to send me photos of your finished garland!)

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Halloween Art

October 26, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Paper goods


I love this Halloween print from Sara Harvey. You can see more of her great work in her Etsy shop.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 6: Virtual Pumpkins

October 24, 2009 - Filed under Halloween


No knives required, just your fingers and your imagination! Hallowcarver is a download-able app for your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can select from several different pumpkin shapes and backgrounds, and then start carving. When you’re done you can upload your creation for a chance to win a new iPod Touch.

Download Hallowcarver
Check out the gallery

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