Head on over to 4 Crazy Kings and learn step by step how to make these cute Black Paper Bats. These seem very easy to make for those who are not as crafty as they would like to be. Supplies: Black Paper, Scissors, Circle Template (bowl, cup or plate…), Glue, Decorations for the eyes and mouth. We used googly eyes but you do not have to.

Visit A Girl’s Gotta Knit to learn how to make these super cute Trash Bag Ghosts! These are great since they are made with plastic and will be weather proof! Supplies: Trash Bag, Scissors, Needle and Thread, Black Sharpie, and something to stuff the head of the ghost (newspaper, magazine).

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Looking to make some cute little Halloween art with your kids?  Check out this cute idea I found on Handprint and Footprint Art.

Supplies:

Paint-White, Brown, Yellow & Black

Paper-Black & Green

Paint Brush

Directions:

1. Trace your child’s hand and arm, then paint it to look like a leafless tree.

2. Traced a circle shape for the moon using a small glass.

3.  The footprints were made on green construction paper which you then cut out and glued in place.

4. The mouth is a black thumbprint and the eyes are black fingerprints.

 

Looking for some last minute but easy homemade Halloween costume ideas? All of these should be cheap to make too!

Homemade Lego Family Costume found on My Plain View

The base of each costume consists of a solid color jogging suit, gloves, and knit hat. The “LEGO” portion of the costume consists of a large box, (our son’s box was actually an empty soda case) that we cut holes into (6 for the adult costume, 4 for the child costume). We then pressed butter bowls through from the inside and secured them on the inside using strips of duct tape. We also cut a hole in the top for our heads, and holes in the sides for our arms.

Once the costumes were constructed, spray paint the boxes red, blue, and yellow.

Jelly Bean Costume found on My Plain View

For the bag of the Homemade Jelly Belly Halloween Costume, I used a large, clear trash bag. I cut holes in the bottoms of the bags for our legs. Inside are obviously just balloons of different colors. I tied the bag around the neck with colorful ribbon and printed out a label from the Jelly Belly website and taped it on.

I might suggest just having the bag stop at your waist instead of cutting holes in the bottom for both legs. It was mighty time-consuming for restroom visits.

Human Pinterest Board fond on Parties for Pennies

Supplies: Cork Board (or just card board), Ribbon and printed pictures..Push Pins if use Cork Board

This one is pretty easy to create.. Just have fun with it!

Pac Man (found this one on Pinterest but could not find the original site

With this costume.. Wear all black and cut out a Pac Man shape and Two Yellow Dots. Just tape on to Shirts.. Pretty Easy!

Meg from Family Guy

This Meg Griffin from Family Guy Halloween costume was pretty simple. I found a pink shirt as close to Meg’s shirt color as possible. I sewed a white t-shirt underneath (so the white part of the sleeves wouldn’t slide back under). It took a while, but I finally found a pink hat that was almost the exact color as the shirt. Both the shirt and the hat were from Walmart, I believe. The glasses were a pair of “hippie” sunglasses from the Halloween store. I took the lenses out and painted them black. The last step was pin my hair under (my hair is much longer than Meg’s) then put on a pair of jeans and tennis shoes that I already owned. Voila! Meg Griffin!

Bunch of Grapes (another Pinterest find…not linked back)

My mom made a costume similar to this for my sister and brother one year.. Super simple!

Need: Purple or Green Balloons. All purple or green clothing. Safety Pin

 

Are you looking for a cute way to share Halloween treats with someone special? I saw this idea on another blog and thought I would share! It’s called “You’ve Been Boo-ed!!“. What you do is visit You’ve Been Boo-ed! website and print the cute little note above. Fill a bag or cute container with Halloween Goodies (include the note)… You then visit the recipiant and ring their door bell and RUUUUUNNNN! They open the door and all they see is the treats!

I want to do this for a few of our friends but their houses take a bit to get to them since they have big front lawns. We have never been Boo-ed but I am sure my son would love it! Have you been Boo-ed??? Or have you Boo-ed anyone?

 

With the 4th of July just around the corner… I found some great printables you can use for family fun as well as decorating too!  The “God Bless America….” is from Landee See, Landee Do and in sizes 5×7 and 8×10.  Find a white frame and you have a great decoration for your home!

The 4th of July Free Printable Bingo Cards come from Makedoodle and would be great game to play with the family!  I know Colin would just love this!  You can find some cheap buttons or just cut some squares out of paper or cardstock!

Another great FREE 4th of July printable!  Grab the Free 4th of July Word Art from The Crafting Chicks. You can choose to print up to a 16×20 in size.

Visit Made In A Day to grab two great FREE 4th of July Printables.  These include cupcake toppers as well as a fun printable you can use to decorate your home!

 

With our temps at almost 90 in early May, I think it is safe to look for some water activities we can have a bit of fun with!  I just love how colorful these sponge bombs are!

Sponge Bomb Bucket Toss found on Inner Child Fun

Need: (All I think can be found at your local Dollar Store too!)

  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Zip Ties
  • Toe Nail Clippers to trim off excess Zip Ties
  • Buckets

Directions:

The website did not really give much.  She did cut each sponge into thirds then used 9 strips per “Bomb”.  A reader submitted a suggestion to use toe nail clippers to cut excess zip ties. Just bunch them up (I did three rows wide & three high), and tie them up!  Add a little water and have some fun!

We had so much fun yesterday!  I had a bit of trouble find Zip Ties at my Dollar Tree so I headed over to Walmart and found them back in the hardware section.  We went with the longer clear ones which were a bit long…but the short ones would have been very hard to work with.

 

With the temps hitting 90 degrees this week… I did some looking around for some water fun.  I found some great ideas and wanted to make the one Simple Simon & Co but they did not have very detailed instructions at all.. So being that we are kinda handy.. We set off to Home Depot, and I am pretty happy with our results.  Colin loves it even more!  To make this fun project it only costs $8.00 or less at Home Depot (I am sure Lowe’s etc are similar).

We only used the glue on one piece so that we can easily store for next summer.  This beats buying the kid sprinklers in store that are pricey and seem to last only a summer or less!

*NOTE* I have the exact measurements for the PVC Pipe cuts… If your super friendly…Maybe you can get the associate at your Home Improvement Store to help you make those cuts (Save a bit of time and money if you do not have a saw).

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