DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes

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Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations!

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

As a new step-mother I am freshly reminded of how much waste a family of four can make. And while my city has a recycling program, I love that this project utilizes common cereal boxes and turns them into lasting outdoor Halloween decorations. Not only is it nice to create something lasting from trash out of the recycle bin, but hopefully this project will also inspire your own creativity by encouraging you to find new ways to make use of craft materials you may ordinarily toss out.

Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn’t require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

DIY Halloween Tombstones

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need (for Each Tombstone):

large cereal box
Krylon Natural Stone Decorative Aerosol, Granite Finish
Tim Holtz block Upper Cling Foam Stamps, optional
craft paints
craft glitter, optional
clear outdoor sealer
liner paint brush
masking tape
two 12″ wood skewers
strong craft glue
pen or marker
scissors

What to Do:

Begin by cutting off the top front and back flaps of your cereal box. These are basically the flaps you use to close the box. Make sure to leave the side flaps intact.

Next, using a pen or marker, draw a half circle about 1-2″ down from the top of the box on the front of the cereal box. It should form a tombstone shape when it meets the edges of the box. (Be sure to draw the line so that when the sides of the box are rounded over the top of the tombstone, they meet or overlap in the middle.)

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Carefully cut off the top front portion of the cereal box along and above the line you just drew.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Save the portion of the box you cut off the front so you can trace it onto the back of the box. Then cut off the top back of the cereal box.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Now round the sides over the curved edges of the box you just cut until they meet in the middle.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Then tape the sides of the box down onto the edges of the tombstone shape you cut.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Follow with more tape, taping the sides of the box all the way around the curved tombstone top.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Now carefully open the bottom flap of the cereal box. Cut two lines vertical lines on either side of the back bottom flap. Then cut two more small horizontal lines off each of the vertical lines you just cut and fold the flaps you created over. Now cut a small square out at the top of each flap, just big enough for your skewers to fit through.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Place your wooden skewers inside the cereal box and tape them in. Then close and tape the bottom of the box up with the skewers sticking out. Reinforce with more tape as needed.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Now spray paint your tombstone on all sides using the decorative stone spray paint. Once the first coat dries, apply a second coat. Spray excess paint in some areas, then use dried leaves or paper or even your fingertips to distress the paint so it looks like weathered, chipped stone.

Apply additional paint as needed once the second layer dries if desired.

Once the decorative stone spray paint has fully dried, you are ready to add details to your DIY Halloween tombstones. To do this, use a strong craft glue on your foam letters in your desired message. (I used E6000 craft adhesive.)

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Then use craft paint to add details to the lettering as well as to paint a border along the front edge. I found a liner brush and black paint worked great for this.

Now lightly brush on red accent paint as desired. In addition to using a brush for this step, I also used my fingertip to apply additional paint in areas.

Next, lightly sprinkle glitter into the wet paint as desired. (I used iridescent and red glitters for this step.) Blow off any excess glitter you don’t want.

Finally, spray on a layer or two of clear outdoor sealer. This will help to not only protect the craft paint you added, but also help keep the glitter in place. Once you’ve made your DIY Halloween tombstones, all that’s left is to display them!

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

To do this, simply insert the skewers into the ground to hold the tombstones in place. Use your fingers to push the skewers into the ground as far as you can as pushing on the top of the tombstone can cause the skewers to come loose inside.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

You can then add leaves and even Halloween lights and spiderwebs around the tombstones as desired to set the scene.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

If you enjoyed my tutorial for making your own DIY Halloween tombstones, then you may also like my other DIY Halloween crafts including my moldable 3-D DIY pumpkin spice soap, my DIY Halloween cream eyeshadows, my DIY preserved organ Halloween jar decorations inspired by American Horror Story and my free printable vintage Halloween apothecary labels.

DIY Halloween grease paint makeup. This DIY is a must try if you've been disappointed with both the quality and ingredients found in store bought Halloween cream or grease face paints in the past.

Also be sure to check out my guest post at The Nourished Life blog for making your own DIY Halloween grease paint makeup. This DIY is a must try if you’ve been disappointed with both the quality and ingredients found in store bought Halloween cream or grease face paints in the past. Additionally you can find more Halloween crafts and decorating ideas on my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas Pinterest board.

Do you have other creative ideas for upcycling your recyclables or for making Halloween decorations? I’d love to see what you come up with! To share your DIY Halloween projects and creative recycling ideas with me, be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you share them on instagram so I can take a peek!

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Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe

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This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone’s favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This party perfect, golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! This homemade body butter is a must have for seasonal holiday parties. Not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Plus, this fun sparkly pumpkin spice body butter is a vegan friendly moisturizer so everyone can join in on the fun. Keep reading to learn how to create this party perfect body butter below!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter! Plus it's vegan friendly!

Glitter Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

1.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.5 oz. kokum butter
.25 oz. candelilla wax
1 oz. pumpkin seed oil
.3 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
.4 oz. biodegradable gold glitter
.05 oz. pumpkin spice fragrance oil
1/2 mL vitamin E oil (optional)

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to make my pumpkin spice body butter recipe as you’ll be weighing out all of the necessary ingredients with the exception of the vitamin E oil.

If you are planning to make more homemade bath and body recipes in the future, I highly recommend purchasing a Baker’s Math scale. Weighing ingredients is not only more accurate than using liquid measurements, but it also allows you to easily re-size a recipe by a percentage and figure the correct percentage of essential oils, fragrance oils and preservatives that you would need when changing a recipe or developing your own.

Begin by weighing out the shea butter, kokum butter and candelilla wax. Combine in a double boiler and heat over medium to medium-low heat until melted. Alternately, you can also combine your ingredients in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or a glass scientific beaker and heat in a microwave until melted at 40% power. (I’ve found that glass beakers come in super handy especially when making cream eyeshadows and lip balms!)

Once melted, remove from heat. Then weigh out the pumpkin seed oil and stir into the melted butters and wax. Follow with the fragrance oil and kaolin clay, weighing each ingredient first, then mixing into the body butter. Using a plastic graduated transfer pipette, measure out 1/2 mL (or about 10 drops) of the vitamin E oil and mix in.

Finally, weigh out the glitter. (I used eco-friendly biodegradable glitter from The Sparkle Party.) Use .4 oz. of glitter for a bold look or half the amount for a more subtle appearance. (Alternately, if glitter isn’t your thing, you can simply omit it entirely.) Whisk the glitter into the body butter mixture with a fork until well combined.

As the body butter starts to thicken, remix, then spoon into an eco-friendly 4 oz. brown paperboard jar with a lid. (You can find these recyclable, renewable and biodegradable brown paperboard containers at SKS Bottle & Packaging in a variety of sizes.)

Vegan Friendly DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Once your pumpkin spice body butter fully solidifies, cap and label your container as desired for personal use or gifting. Washi tape and scrapbooking/planner stickers are a simple and easy way to add a bit of pizazz to your jars.

If you want to recreate my pumpkin spice body butter recipe to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

Unicorn Glitter Butter! This magical unicorn glitter butter recipe is perfect for parties and summer festivals! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it's applied!

If you like my golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe, then you may also like my recipe for making a fun, kid-approved unicorn glitter butter! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it’s applied! You can find my unicorn glitter butter recipe here.

Orange Mint Body Butter Recipe

If you prefer glitter on special occasions only, then some of my other homemade body butter recipes may be of interest to you. You can browse my full collection of homemade body butter recipes at Soap Deli News blog here. Also be sure to check out my new body butter recipe for making an orange mint body butter at The Nourished Life blog.

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Beautiful DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays and Last Minute Gift Ideas

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 I love this DIY gift wrap idea with cut out mistletoe via the Swedish blog, At Home with Helena.

Need ideas for wrapping the perfect gifts for Christmas tomorrow? Try out this DIY gift wrap idea with cut out mistletoe via the Swedish blog, At Home with Helena here. Then discover even more beautiful DIY gift wrap ideas on my Pretty Packaging board on Pinterest here. Or check out my Printables board for seasonal printable gift wrap and gift tags.

This pastel deer themed Christmas printable gift wrap from Craftberry Bush is one of my all time favorites!

This pastel deer themed Christmas printable gift wrap from Craftberry Bush is one of my all time favorites! (Repin it here.)

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

Still need a few last minute gift ideass? Homemade body scrubs and lip balms are super quick to make and always a treat for the recipient! My friend, Bambi, and I made twelve of my coffee body scrubs – recipe here – in under an hour. From start to finish each batch took us about five minutes to weigh, mix and package!

We put ours in 8 oz.Black PET PCR Jars with Black Smooth Lined Caps from SKS Bottle & Packaging with simple strip of washi tape across the lid. (Bambi and I LOVE the washi tapes at Cute Tape! You can also visit Cute Tape for both gift packaging ideas as well DIY projects!)

Learn how to make your own homemade rose sugar scrub and homemade hibiscus salt scrub with two easy to create body scrub recipes from Soap Deli News blog!

Other scrubs you might love include my homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe and my homemade rose sugar scrub recipe. Both of these projects include super simple labeling ideas that you can create yourself!

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

My sea salt face and body scrub recipe is also very popular and is is loosely inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. It even comes with free printable labels for your finished scrubs making gifting even easier!

My recipe for homemade cranberry body butter makes a great homemade Christmas gift! It’s non-greasy and smells simply delectable.

My recipe for homemade cranberry body butter is also very popular this time of the year. It’s non-greasy and smells simply delectable. If you prefer not to use a fragrance oil or don’t have a suitable one on hand, my lavender version of this recipe contains a few more ingredients, but uses lavender essential oil, and is one of my top pinned recipes of all time.

For all of my homemade recipes and DIY projects that include free printable labels, visit Soap Deli News blog here. For more DIY Christmas gift ideas, you can discover 50 of my favorite DIY holiday gifts here. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for thousands of projects. My unique DIY Christmas gifts board and my DIY stocking stuffers board are both great resources this time of year.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


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Sunday Spotlight: Etsy Halloween Favorites

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A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate Halloween! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Etsy Halloween Favorites

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more to get you into the spirit of the season!

A collection of witchy, creepy, crawly, awesome Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday!

Raven Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Wall Decal 76 // Blood Bath Soap by Leeloo Soap // Ghost with the Most Beetlejuice Inspired Soap by Leeloo Soap // Bloody Brains Soap by Soap Rhapsody

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Witch’s Broom Scented Halloween Candle by Witch City Wicks // Golden Cauldron Bubble Bar by The big Meltdown // Parting the Veil Halloween Perfume by Traveling Vardo // Halloween Zombie Hand Soap by Soap Rhapsody

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Halloween Raven Skull Pendant by Raven Ranch // Black Matte Stiletto Nails by Rave Nailz // Gothic Black Bustle Dress by MGD Clothing // Printable Apothecary Labels for Halloween by Kudzu Monster

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Halloween Spider Candy Corn Bubble Bar by Sink or Swim Bath Treats // Halloween Skull Soaps by Cutie Pie Soaps // Creepy Crawler Insect Soap by AJ Sweet Soap // Spider Patch Halloween Tart Soap by LolliLuscious

Bitten Bubble Bar by Whipped Up Wonderful and other Halloween bath and body favorites!

And finally, this super cool Bitten Bubble Bar by Whipped Up Wonderful. To discover more of my Etsy Halloween favorites be sure to check out my Halloweenland and Candy Corn Kisses favorites on Etsy here. You can also find my collection of pumpkin spice and chocolate & coffee bath and body favorites.

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Sunday Spotlight: Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

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Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

It’s fall and you know what that means – pumpkin spice! And really, how can you resist the spices that combine to bring you exceptional flavor, fragrance and warmth during autumn! Following are just a few of my pumpkin spice bath and body favorites for fall.

It’s fall and you know what that means - pumpkin spice! And really, how can you resist the spices that combine to bring you exceptional flavor, fragrance and warmth! Following are just a few of my favorite pumpkin spice bath and body products.

Moisturizing Cinnamon & Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub by Sweet Therapy // Pumpkin Pie Scented Kaolin Clay Soap by Perma-Earth // Pumpkin Spice Deer Buck Soap by Lost River Rags & Candlelights // Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soap by Dirty Diva Soaps

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Balm by Siren Soap // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub by The Yellow Mustard Seed Soap Co. // Pumpkin Chai Spice Cocoa Butter Soap by Soapwonderful // Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Bomb by Magick and Macabre

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Perfume Oil by Ollie and Max Soap Co. // Pumpkin Cupcake Goat Milk Soap by Rustic Soap Shoppe // Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Bomb by Bubble Funtastic // Pumpkin Spice Hair & Body Elixir by Miss Violet Lace

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion by Etiquettes // Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream Soap Fluff by Love Lee Soaps // Pumpkin Spice Soap by Pink Parchment Soaps // Pumpkin Spice Emulsified Sugar Scrub by Soapaucity

For more pumpkin spice bath and body products, be sure to check out my other pumpkin spice bath and body favorites on Etsy here. Or, you may also enjoy my collection of fabulous favorites for fall or for Halloween!

Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Or for more of my handmade bath and body favorites, be sure to check out my past Sunday Spotlights featuring four unique artisan bath and body shops!

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