In case you’re new to Sugar & Cloth, let me just introduce you to how I don’t do scary Halloween. Case in point, last year’s DIY mad scientist Halloween party. It’s more pink and green and scientific than it is creepy and scary. Here are a few of my favorite’s from the archives…
First up, fog. It just makes everything look cooler when it comes to Halloween, but getting the look can be easier said than done. This tutorial shows you how to use dry ice for fog (aka how to impress your friends).
Maybe one of my all time favorite recipes just for the simple reason of it requires only the skill of stirring to make, and the colors are ridiculously cute together is my monster guts recipe.
In case you thought Paper Source was only good for scrapbook lovers, think again. You can find this plastic octopus leg there to make my DIY animal leg ladle in all of five seconds.
Believe it or not, I’m actually a total underachiever when it comes to preparing for parties and holidays. That doesn’t mean I don’t go at least five miles out of my way for cute gift wrapping, it just means that I wait until I’m biting my nails all the way to the shop for the cute gift wrap in order to not be late to the party. That makes perfect sense, right?
This all brings me to my next point, which is if there’s a way to make something super cute in less than five-minutes before a get together, then I’m game! Kind of like these simple DIY pumpkin leaf place cards for the holiday table. Mix them with dark colors for Halloween, or go white and bright with a little gold here and there for Thanksgiving. You pick!
- Martha Stewart vintage frame labels
- Gold floral wire (two of the same shape for each setting)
- Mini pumpkins
- Pencil or pen (or a stick if you’re rustic)
- Wire cutters
Wrap half a strand of floral wire about 5 inches long around a pen or pencil to give it a curled shape.
Write each name on two stickers and place the stickers on each side of the wire where it’s left uncurled. This makes a double sides place card with the wire in the middle.
Twist the end of the wire around the stem of your pumpkin, and give the opposite end of the wire a little twirl to finish off the gold stem look.
Throw in a few other key decor items to set the mood of the table, and your guests will never know you only sweated a few sacred minutes over these!
I can honestly say that my favorite part of Halloween is passing out candy. I would rather pass out candy than to go to any party. There’s just something about chubby babies dressed up as tigers and little kids with lisps as Spiderman that I find so hilarious. Can you really blame me, though?
To keep the decor kid friendly and still able to weather the elements, I made these DIY waterproof outdoor paper lanterns for a simple and cute entry way. You can customize bags yourself (like I did), or you can make this into a five-minute project by just buying store bought paper bags that you love and coating them with outdoor Mod Podge. Seriously, this stuff is a dream.
- Paper bags
- Vellum paper
- Battery operated candles
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Sticky letters (optional)
- Hole punches (optional)
- Watered down black craft paint (optional)
If you’re not customizing any bags and are just transforming store bought ones to be waterproof for the outdoors, just use a foam brush and the outdoor Mod Podge over the entire bag. Place several coats over the bags letting them dry 15-20 minutes in between. The waterbase sealer, glue and finish lets you decoupage for the outdoors and you can use it on any type of surface. Make sure to let it seal for 72 hours before placing them outside.
To customize your bag for this look, water down some black craft paint and use a foam brush to paint watercolor type stripes across plain white bags.
Next, use a a small bowl or spool to trace and cut a circle in the middle the paper bags. Glue squares of vellum paper on the inside of the bag to diffuse the light from the cut-outs. You can also use varying sizes of hole punches to add extra interest. Lastly, place sticky letters to the vellum and then Mod Podge the entire bag.
Insert your battery operated lights, and you’re all set!
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As promised, here is the tutorial for the DIY floral headpieces I taught at Texas Antiques week in Round Top! I’m no green thumb or flower genius, so I’m sure there are plenty of tips to make this tutorial a bit better, but it’s simple enough to where anyone can make them.
The most commonly asked question is how long do the flowers last, which depends a lot on the flowers you choose and the weather conditions. If it’s hot and humid out and you choose delicate flowers, it won’t hold up well. The carnations, billy buttons, berries, and baby’s breath that we used held up the entire day in hot Texas weather, which is quite a feat!
- Flowers of your choice
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire twig (optional for aesthetics)
First, make a loop using floral wire that is a tiny bit bigger than where you’d like the headpiece to lay on your head. I think diagonal looks best, but making it a tiny bit bigger will keep it the right size after you start adding flowers which bulk it up.
Next, use things like wildflowers to start filling in the base, by taking a 1.5inch piece of floral wire and wrapping part of it around the middle of the stem and the remaining strands of wire around the base loop. To attached larger blooms, string floral wire through the back of the bloom’s base and then twist each side of the wire onto the base loop, again. Make sure you use the needle nose pliers to push any ends of the wire that may be poking out. They do not feel good!
Continue filling up the headpiece with as many blooms as you’d like. If you have lighter hair that the floral wire shows up on, you can use wire twig to wrap around the entire base to add a more rustic look to it.