Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

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Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

Every year my neighbor at the end of the block decorates her house for Halloween. She starts planning in summer and on October 1st she starts decorating. This year she created some new spooky outdoor DIY Halloween decorations to add to her existing outdoor Halloween decor. These fantastic handcrafted tentacles were one of those new additions.

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

To create these tentacles my neighbor used pool noodles – genius, right?! – duct tape, zip ties, burlap and spray paint. First they taped three pool noodles together then they zip tied the egg cartons onto the pool noodles to form the “suckers.” Finally they wrapped burlap around the noodles and then they used spray paint in a variety of colors to give the tentacles life. Of course then they also needed a few random body parts like hands and feet warning you to keep your distance.

Here are some of the other DIY Halloween decorations they created.

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Looking for even more ideas?

Printable Apothecary Bottle Vintage Poison Labels for Halloween

Check out my Free Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels to help make your Halloween decor extra sinister. You can put these on apothecary jars, mason jars, tins or even beer or wine bottles. (You can download them here.)

American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY – Basement Horrors in Mason Jars

Or learn how to make these spooky DIY Halloween decorations for preserved organ jars that were inspired by season one of American Horror Story. You can find the tutorial for this DIY Halloween project here.

For even more great DIY Halloween decorations you can create as well as Halloween costumes DIY’s and inspiration, decorating pumpkins, and party treats be sure to follow my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas board on Pinterest.


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Bewitching Pigment Pots Halloween DIY Lip Color

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Bewitching Pigment Pots Halloween Lip Color DIY

Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re thinking of making your own DIY Halloween costume this year, why stick to store bought makeup? Instead make these DIY Lip Color Halloween Pigment Pots! Made from a combination of natural oils, beeswax and pigments, these intense pigment pots for lips go on and stay on for long lasting, waterproof wear. And we all know how important that can be at a late night party! Make these in either dark charcoal gray or in dark purple then simply apply using a lip brush and then use your favorite waterproof makeup remover or grape seed oil to remove at the end the day.

You can find my Bewitchingly Intense Recipe for Pigment Pots for Lips in Wholesale Supplies Plus’ September 2014 issue of Handmade Magazine on page 21. In addition to my DIY Lip Color, this issue also includes other Halloween inspired bath and body recipes including a pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe, DIY creepy eyeball soap, DIY zombie dust fizzie powder recipe, spooky eyeball bath bombs recipe, monster slime bubble bath recipe, pumpkin glitter hair chalk recipe and more! Click here to read this issue of Handmade Magazine now.

For more great DIY Halloween Projects and Ideas be sure to follow my Halloween board on Pinterest where you’ll find pumpkin decorating ideas and DIY costumes and spooky home decor as well as tasty Halloween themed treats.


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DIY Fourth of July Project – Homemade Stars Forever Soap Recipe

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DIY Fourth of July Craft Project - Homemade Stars Forever Soap Recipe with Embedded Stars in Red, White and Blue

Looking for a fun DIY Fourth of July project? Then try out my new July 4th inspired homemade soap recipe. The red and blue stars in my new Handmade Stars Forever Soap makes it particularly fitting for the occasion. This handmade soap features a white cold process soap with detergent free buttermilk melt and pour soap stars to give you a seasonally festive color combination and look.

It’s then scented with a pink berry mimosa fragrance that combines the scent of sweet strawberries, pomegranates and raspberries with a sparkling citrus and mimosa fizz! You can find the handmade soap recipe for this DIY Fourth of July project in the new June 2014 issue of Wholesale Supply Plus’ eHandmade Magazine on page 23. (You can also purchase this handmade soap for a very limited time from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen while supplies last.)

Homemade Red, White and Blue Melt and Pour Soap Recipe for the Fourth of July

If you prefer making melt and pour soap over cold process soap, then try out my easy Homemade Melt & Pour Fourth of July Soap Recipe made using a simple glycerin soap base, soap dye and fragrance.

Interested in other handmade cold process soap recipes I’ve created for past issues of eHandmade Magazine? Here’s a list of past submissions I’ve contributed: DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe (May 2014), Homemade Honeysuckle & Rose Soap Recipe for Mother’s Day (April 2014), Spring Inspired Bamboo Scented Soap Recipe (March 2014), Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Soap Recipe for Men (February 2014), Silk & Rose Clay Heart Shaped Soap Recipe (January 2014), Handmade Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe for Men (December 2013), and my Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap Recipe (November 2013.)

For more homemade soap recipes as well as natural beauty DIY’s be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!


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The Ultimate Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gift – No Bake Bourbon Balls!

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Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Homemade Bourbon Balls!

It’s Christmas Eve and you’re still looking for those last minute Christmas gifts, consider making some! Homemade bourbon balls make the perfect last minute homemade Christmas gift and they are super easy to make! I found a homemade bourbon ball recipe on the Etsy blog here (as contributed by Kimberley Hasselbrink.) Since there’s no baking required, they are pretty fool proof even if you’re a slacker in the kitchen like I am. I tweaked Kimberley’s recipe a bit since I’m not a huge fan of nuts and doubled it so I could get more gifts out of it in one shot.

For my first batch I used gluten-free Mi-Del’s Ginger Snaps. They crush really easily which makes them almost worth the extra $1.50 even if you don’t need gluten free bourbon balls. However, one bag will only make you one batch. For my second batch I used regular grocery store brand gingersnaps and had a heck of a time crushing them. I actually took a hammer to the outside of the bag at 9am – my neighbors upstairs will forgive me I hope once I gift them a bag of the results – and still ended up with some whole cookies left in the bag and lots of large chunks.

I also used fewer nuts – as I am not a huge fan – and I used baking nuts which were much cheaper than buying whole nuts from the nut aisle. (Plus it was the only way I could find them unsalted.) Also, be sure to choose your bourbon wisely. The better the booze, well, the better the ball!

I’ve also included some printable labels for gifting!

Homemade Bourbon Ball Recipe - Last Minute Handmade Christmas Gift Idea

Homemade Bourbon Ball Recipe

adapted from Kimberley Hasselbrink’s recipe on Etsy

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
1/2 Cup pecan baking chips
1/2 Cup confectioner’s sugar, plus some for dusting
1/4 Cup Woodford Reserve (or bourbon of choice)
2 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons raw local honey
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Instructions:

Crush the ginger snap cookies as much as possible then combine in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula then place in freezer to “chill” for about an hour.

Once your bourbon balls have chilled, roll into about 3/4″ balls and then roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat thoroughly until all “dough” has been used.

How to Make Homemade Bourbon BallsIf you’re gifting these, I placed about 8 balls in a zipper sandwich bags then inside a glassine bags and labeled with stickers I made {Download the Printable Bourbon Ball Labels here} and a strip of “date” washi tape on each with the “eat by” date. These keep for a week in the fridge so don’t make them too far ahead. You’ll also want to keep them refrigerated when you’re not munching on them.

For more last minute homemade gift ideas, be sure to browse and follow my boards on Pinterest!


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DIY New Year’s Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

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New Year's Beauty DIY - Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Celebrate the New Year with lots of sparkle and shine by crafting your own DIY Gala Shimmer Sticks! These sparkling beauty sticks can be applied to your face, lips and body for a shimmering effect wherever you want! Keep them simple or “dress” them up with fragrance and even a hint of color!

Handmade DIY New Year Gala Shimmer Sticks

This beauty recipe was created using the DIY Shimmer Stick Kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus with a few additional fun ingredients. As I chose to add fragrance – and even color! – to mine, you’ll need a few additional ingredients in addition to the kit if you also wish to add a scent and/or color. I also created cute labels that you can print for your own shimmer sticks.

DIY Tinted Pink Champagne New Year's Gala Shimmer Stick

Pink Champagne New Year Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Adapted from the Shimmer Stick Recipe at Wholesale Supplies Plus

Ingredients:

2 oz. Refined Shea Butter
2 oz. Smooth & Creamy Lotion Bar Additive
2 ml Pink Champagne Fragrance Oil
2 Tablespoons Iridescent Super Sparkle Glitter
Red Orange Oil Locking Mica Shimmer (to suit, optional)

Instructions:

In a double boiler melt the smooth and creamy lotion bar additive, then add the shea butter and continue to heat until all ingredients are fully melted. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a microwave. Simply melt the lotion bar additive in a glass Pyrex measuring cup at reduced power until it has melted about half way, then add the shea butter and continue heating at reduced power until fully melted. Carefully remove from heat source.

Using a plastic transfer pipette, measure out 2 ml of the fragrance oil and stir into the shimmer stick base. Then measure out the glitter and stir in as well. Allow to sit for several minutes, then stir again to thoroughly incorporate glitter, then pour evenly into four 1 oz. clear push up sticks.

To tint your shimmer sticks pink that won’t leave color behind, add 1/2 teaspoon to base and mix well before pouring. For a lightly tinted shimmer stick that gives just a hint of color to lips and cheeks, add 2 teaspoons. For richer lipstick like color use four teaspoons of red orange oil locking mica shimmer. (Note that if you plan to use shimmer sticks on lips, only use lip safe flavor fragrances.)

Allow product to cool at room temp as sharp temperature changes will cause the product to sink and crack in the middle.

DIY New Year's Gala Shimmer Sticks with Printable Labels

Once your shimmer sticks have cooled, screw on the lids and add your labels! For this project I decorated my shimmer stick containers with my Printable Gala Shimmer Stick Sticker Labels {download labels here} as well as Pink Cherry Blossom Snowflake and Peach & Gold Corner Japanese Washi Tapes from Cute Tape.


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