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The Weeping Angel Halloween Decoration

24 Oct

WeepingAngel1Who has the scariest door in the entire town?   We do and it only cost $1 to make.

You will need:WeepingAngel2

  • 1 Black Foam Sign ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Silver SharpieWeepingAngel3
  1. Write the words “Don’t Blink!” on the back of your Foam Sign with the Silver Sharpie.  Write the letters in a scary looking font.
  2. You can download and save this one or you can do a Google search for Weeping Angel Face.WeepingAngelMask
  3. Select your the scariest.  Print out either mine or the one you selected.
  4. Color the eyes in with the Silver Sharpie for a creepier effect.  Cut out your Weeping Angel Face.
  5. Hang both on your door to scare the neighbors.

Bonus:  You can also print mine or the one you selected out.  Glue it to cardboard.  Cut the shape and the eyes out.  Now you have a Weeping Angel Mask.  Eek!

“Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.”
-The 10th Doctor, Blink(3:10)


Related Weeping Angel scariness:
1. Weeping Angel Cookies (Discovered at:  Topless Robot)
2.  Weeping Angel Mask (Discovered at:  The Mary Sue via Fasionably Geek)
3.  Weeping Angel Family Car Stickers
4. Don’t Blink Flip Up Tradtional T-Shirt or Don’t Blink Flip UpWomen’s Tee

Wedding Gift Wreath – Kitchen Utensils.

28 Jun

Wedding Wreath of Kitchen Utensils

My co-worker got married this past Saturday so we had a mini wedding party for her at work.  I knew that the others were buying her new pots and pans so I decided to make her a special wedding wreath with kitchen utensils.  All the items used to make the wreath were purchased at the Dollar Tree.  It came out a lot better than I anticipated.   My co-worker told me I made it too nice because her new hubby did not want to take the untensils off and ruin it.

You will need:

  • 1 Pool Noodle
  • 1 Roll of White Masking Tape
  • 3 Rolls of White Tulle
  • 2 Bunches of White Fake Flowers
  • An assortment of Kitchen Utensils (I used:  spatula, set of silicon spatulas, slotted spoon, regular spoon, potato masher, ladle, strainer ladle, wooden spoon set, measuring cups w spoon set, spoon rest, cheese grater, vegetable peeler, small mesh colander set.)
  1. As seen in the Tornado Costume tutorial, roll a cardboard tube into a thin roll so that they can fit inside the hole of the pool noodle. Place one inside the pool noodle and connect both ends to the cardboard roll to create a ring. Secure the joined with masking tape.
  2. So the color of the pool noodle does not take away from the beauty of the wreath, wrap the entire pool noodle wreath with masking tape.
  3. Take one of the rolls of tulle and wrap it around the noodle. You will need to tie it off at both the beginning and the end.
  4. Cut the other 2 rolls of tulle into 8-10 inch strips.  They do not have to be exact.  I eyeballed it.
  5. Using the tulle strips, begin tying the kitchen utensils in a creative pattern so that the utensil sits inside the wreath.
  6. Once all the utensils are tied to the wreath, tie the utensils to each other with tulle strips so that when you pick the wreath up, the utensils stay in place.  (I would tie 3 together at different angles.)
  7. Separate the flowers so that they each have their own stem.  Slide the stem through the tulle ties on the wreath to arrange the flowers on the wreath.
  8. Using the tulle strips to tie the flowers in place on the wreath.
  9. Use the remaining tulle strips to decorate the noodle part of the wreath and give it more thickness.

Tea Bag Wreath – Mother’s Day

17 May

TeaWrathonTableMy mother is an avid tea drinker.   She drinks at least 3 cups of tea a day so for Mother’s Day I made her a Tea Bag Wreath.

You will need:

  • A large cardboard box.
  • Flowered Paper – tissue, scrapbook, crafting, etc.
  • 1 large glue stick
  • A package of hinged, wooden clothespins
  • 4 boxes of tea that come in packets (Packet Tea Brands include:  Celestial Seasonings, Bigelow, Twinings, Stash, Taz, Traditional Medicinals, etc)
  • Optional:  Picture of children, stickers.

1.  Using a large pot, trace two circles onto the cardboard box.  Using a bowl, trace a circle in the middle of one of the circles you just traced.

2.  Using a box cutter or exacto knife, cut out the smaller circle first followed by the two larger circles.   This will give you one wreath, a large circle and a small circle.

3.  Cover all the large circle and the wreath with flowered paper using the glue stick.  The wreath can be tricky so you need to glue it down, cut strips on the middle and outside, then glue to the back of the wreath.

4.  If you are adding pictures, you will need the small circle.  If you are not, skip this step.  Using the small circle as a guide, cut out a picture of children or a piece of colored paper the size of the small circle.  Decorate with stickers or write a message on the circle.   Using the wreath as a guide, glue the paper to the middle of the large circle it will show through when the wreath is in place.

5.  Place the wreath over the large circle until you find the alignment you like.

6.  Trace the clothespin onto the back of flowered paper repeatedly until you have traced enough for each clothespin.  (I used different paper from the wreath.)  Cut out the small strips of flowered paper and then glue them to one side of the clothespins.  I used a full package of clothes pins but the number will depend on the size of your wreath, the size of the clothespins, and how many tea bags you wish to hold in place.

6.  Organize your teabags into the pattern you want around the wreath.   Using the clothespins, carefully clip your teabags to the wreath.  Put clothespins on both the outer and inner parts of the wreath.

7.  To hang your wreath, take a strip of ribbon and slide it through the top of the wreath between the large circle and wreath layer.  Tie off the ribbon as a loop.   With the clothespins in place, the wreath can hang without the ribbon being glued down.

8.  Hang in place.  (I hung my mother’s from the wreath hanger she still had on her door from Christmas.)

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Rainbow Magic Birthday Party Idea

11 Jan

Rainbow Magic PartyAs I try to get things hammered down for Suuki’s birthday this year, I realized that I really should share what we did last year.   They wanted a theme that was not really made from items you would find in your regular party store so I had to get creative.  They wanted a Rainbow Magic party.   The A.C Moore had a deal that for $50 and supplies, we could use their party room and they would clean up all the mess.  The party would transform the guests into their own style of fairy.

For those who don’t know, Rainbow Magic is a book series that comes in sets of 7 that are all written under the pen name, Daisy Meadows.   (Tip: To find the real author just look at the back of the title page for the “Special thanks to” and you will see the true author’s name.)  After learning one of our neighbors wrote one of the books, Suuki became a bit obsessed and collects as many of these books as they can.  We are fortunate that to have found many at the local library on sale as part of a “Fill-A-Bag” special for $2 a bag.

As the guests arrived, they received their pair of wings and had glittery eyeshadow applied which were bought at the Dollar Tree.   I sprayed their hair with glittered hairspray from Party City and topped their heads with wreaths that I made from silver garland from the clearance bin from Christmas items at the Dollar Tree.

Rainbow Magic WandCraft 1 – Magic Wand:

Supplies per child:

  • 1 Heart Shaped Wooden Wands
  • Opalescent Glitter
  • White School Glue
  • 2ft strand of Colored Ribbon – pink, purple, or aqua(I picked spools from the clearance bin)
  1.  Paint the heart end of the wand completely with the glue.
  2. Sprinkle the opalescent glitter all over the glue.
  3. Tie the ribbon at the middle around the base of the heart around the wand stick.

Craft 2 – Fairy Tutu:

Supplies per child:

  • 3 ft strand of Colored Ribbon – pink, purple, or aqua
  • 25 – 2 ft strips of 6″ Colored Tulle – it comes in 25 yard spools (We used Dark Rose, Wisteria, Aqua, and Purple)
  1. Fold the tulle strips in half and knot them around your ribbon strand.  You may alternate colors or do it all in one color.  It is really up to the wearer’s preference.
  2. When all the tulle is tied to the ribbon, tie onto the wearer using a traditional bow at the back.

rainbowmagicparty2Rainbow Magic Cupcake Toppers:


  • Small package of wooden cocktail forks
  • Wood glue
  • Color printer
  • Laminator (If you do not have access to a laminator then clear packing tape can work as a substitute.)
  • Print Paper
  1. Search and print pictures of the various rainbow magic fairies you wish to have on your cupcakes.  Great websites for this are Rainbow Magic and Rainbow Magic UK.  Paste them into MS Word making the graphics about 2 inches tall and print.  For standard box of cake mix you will need 24 fairies.
  2. Cut around the fairies leaving some of the white boarder.
  3. Laminate the fairies using the laminator.  If you are using packing tape, just place a piece or packing tape on either side of the fairy to laminate each inside the tape.
  4. Once again, cut around the fairy and leave some of the clear laminate around the edges.
  5. Glue one cocktail fork to the back of each laminated fairies.


  • Wilton Pearlized Silver Sugar Crystals Sprinkles
  • White cake mix
  • White frosting
  • Flowery cupcake cups
  • Rainbow Magic Cupcake Toppers
  1. Bake the cupcake according to the instructions on the package using the flowery cupcake cups in the pan.
  2. After the cupcakes are cool, frost them with the white frosting and sprinkle the silver sugar crystals all over the tops.
  3. Stick the fairies into the top of the cupcakes.
  4. They can be displayed on a cupcake tier platter.

rainbowmagicparty4Finishing Touches:

I used the same fairy images to print and glue to plain white paper bags to make goodie bags.  The plates, napkins, cups, and all other cute party accessories all came from Dollar Tree.  It seems the trend to have a meal at birthday parties right now.  Most have pizza but with Suuki being lactose intolerant that was not for us.   I simply bought 2 20-pience chicken McNugget boxes from McDonalds, a few cans of Pringles, and 2 cases of Caprisuns.

Note:  At the time of the party standard Caprisun products contained real sugar with the exception of their Roaring Waters line.  Sadly, in the last year, they have changed this to High Fructose Corn Syrup.  The  Caprisun Super V and Caprisun 100% Juice Blends are still all natural but my kids aren’t really found of most of the flavors, especially the Super V Apple.  At this time, I have yet to find an alternative that the kids like.   They hated Honest Kids juice after trying both the Super Punch and Tropical Tango Punch.

Homemade Advent Wreath

8 Dec

This is the first year that I have not taught kindergarten religious education for my church. For 2 years I taught the little ones and had a great time. The text that the church used was not really great on the kindergarten level so I would design my own program using many resources. My favorite site for information comes from a blog called Catholic Icing. Not only does she have a ton of great ideas but she has many downloads as well. Perhaps in another blog I will post all the religious education resources I used but this blog is really about how to make your own Advent Wreath.

This year my children are attending the family program that meets once a month rather than the weekly program I volunteered with last year and the year before. Part of their homework for the month of December was to make their own Advent Wreath to be on display at their house.

The supplies I used:

  • 4 LED Flameless Votive Candles – the only seem to come in white($1 for a 2-pack at the Dollar Tree)adevent1Advent2
  • 1 4-inch LED Flameless Candle – we bought off-white but you can use white as well($1 each at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Plastic Pine Wreath($1 each at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Package of permanent markers – make sure there purple & pink in the pack($1 for a 10-pack at the Dollar Tree)

1. Using a purple permanent marker color 3 of the votive candles purple. Then using the pink permanent marker color the remaining votive candle pink.

2. Lay the wreath in the middle of a table for display. Place the 4-inch candle in the center of the wreath. Place the 4 votive candles around the edges of the wreath so that they are squared with each other.

Our homemade Advent Wreath.

Our homemade Advent Wreath.

If you are looking for a craftier version of the Advent Wreath that children can do for a classroom activity, then head over to Catholic Icing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Ornaments

2 Dec

tmnt5So I decided to make my oldest two nieces and oldest two nephews their own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ornaments after seeing them on a friend’s tree. It is really rather simple and it makes for great fun for the TMNT lover. When my nieces and nephews were little they would play TMNT and, there being 4 of them, each would be their favorite turtle fighting Shredder and other assorted bad guys. They also did this with Mortal Kombat.  Remember Ninja Turtles are not just for boys.

You will need:

  • 4 Green Ornament Balls($1.50 for a 5-pack  at the Dollar General)
  • 4 – 9 in x 12 in stick-it felt sheets in red, orange, blue, & purple(Around a $1.50 per sheet at A.C. Moore)
  • 1 package of 8mm wiggle eyes 35 ct (Around $1 a pack at A.C. Moore)
  • Tacky Glue ($2.59 for a 4 oz bottle at A.C. Moore)

tmnt21. Measure 9 inch strip on each felt color. You need the strip to be around 10mm – 12mm wide so that they wiggle eyes will fit with room. (My strips were 18mm wide.)

2.tmnt3 Peel off the paper backing on one strip. Wrap the strip around the ball slightly top of center. Press firmly to stick any creases.

tmnt43. Using the craft glue, glue 2 of the 8mm wiggle eyes onto the colored felt.

I made them each a set for I ended up with 16 Ninja Turtles.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments.
Please note: Glue is still a little wet on the eyes.