With Halloween only days away, I felt like spooking up today’s Mood Board Monday with one of the holiday’s favorite creatures. What’s your favorite creepy Halloween character to decorate with? Ghosts? Spiders? Ravens? Mummies?
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Decorate with bats for Halloween:
Budget-friendly felt, quilt batting and cardboard are all you need to craft this cute pumpkin top. Stitch on a bit of ribbon as a chin strap to create a quick-and-easy costume accessory.
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Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.
Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!
Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.
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BRIANA: Move over, orange – there’s a new color in town. White pumpkins were once novel, but now they threaten to usurp the Halloween pumpkin throne. So, what do you think? Do white pumpkins look smashing or would you like to smash them?
MARIANNE: I love all of the non-traditional pumpkins right now, white included. My mom just made this motley gourd tower and I’m digging it.
HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Kelly Smith Trimble is single-handedly responsible for me embracing the white pumpkins. They just seem so elegant!
If you want a smile from your guests this Halloween, make sure to surprise them with these adorable Googly Goblin Cocktails.
Dribble glue from a hot-glue gun all over a piece of PVC pipe and a foam cup to make what looks like a long-burning candle. Insert a much-safer battery-operated tealight in the middle to make the candle glow. If the candles are placed under a black light, they will glow in the dark – perfect for any haunted house.
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Halloween is just eight days away! Have you stocked up on sweets? Planned out costumes? Decked out the porch for trick-or-treaters? If not, have no fear. There’s still a weekend in between to get everything done, and we have lots of easy-to-make ideas you can knock out before your Sunday primetime shows (hello, The Walking Dead!). Or, throw in one of your favorite Halloween flicks and craft up your little one’s costume. Check out some of our favorite ideas for kids of all ages:
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Ladybug: Get the step-by-step instructions >>
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For the perfect Halloween snack recipe, stuff cremini mushrooms with Italian sausage, garlic, walnuts, cream cheese and fresh herbs for a hearty, savory appetizer that both kids and adults will love.
Halloween’s almost here and it’s time to get carving! We have 22 HGTV-exclusive pumpkin-carving templates designed specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers.
Halloween may still be more than a week away, but it looks like some are already planning ahead to the next big event: Thanksgiving. According to Yahoo! web trend expert Carolyn Clark, regular potatoes are being outed by their sweeter counterpart. Sweet potatoes are spiking in search, particularly when it comes to all the different ways this nutrient-rich food can be cooked. From sweet after-dinner bites to tasty side dishes, check out our favorite ways to cook with sweet potatoes.
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Sweet Potato Hand Pies: Get the recipe >>
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Yes, it’s Halloween — but as you know by now, we work well in advance at HGTV. So with that in mind, we have just launched our Christmas “display” at HGTV.com. Explore HGTV Holiday House 2013! Our designers have created a rustic, wintry escape full of Christmas decorations and holiday entertaining ideas you can try.
Are all you MacGyvers as excited as I am about fall decorating? I’ve already decked out my porch with hay bales, pumpkins and mums. Now I’m ready to finish my indoor decorating. Since last week’s post, I definitely have all my pumpkin crafts down. So, what’s next? Acorns! They’re free, easy to collect and oh-so cute in their little acorn caps. Now start your gathering, and let’s get to crafting!
Think frames are only for pictures? Think again! This 3D acorn display looks amazing and only costs a couple of bucks to make – that’s my kind of art project! Visit Delia at Delia Creates for the full tutorial.
This gorgeous display from BHG takes us back to nature with a fresh autumn feel. It’s true that sometimes the simplest decor has the biggest impact. Add citrus to your vase to hold the branches in place and add a bright punch of color to the look.
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Congratulations to our winner Josh, who loves to mix up pumpkin martinis with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Come back on November 1 for another great giveaway.
I tend to go a little overboard with Halloween party preparations. Partly because I’m a lifestyle editor and partly because Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve been thinking about pumpkins, DIY costumes and creepy food for months. But you can still have a low-stress Halloween gathering even if you haven’t planned a thing until this very minute. Yes, really.
Here’s your game plan: Make a sweet and a savory snack (say, maple nut popcorn and creepy chips with guacamole) and both kid- and adult-friendly punches. Kids will love our cemetery slime punch (complete with gummy worms!), and adults will be crazy for this Pumpkin Spice Sangria served inside a pumpkin. For a large group, ask guests to bring an additional appetizer or drink to share.
To help you out with last-minute decorations, we’ve partnered with Target to give one lucky Design Happens reader a free party pack complete with plates, napkins, straws, decorations and more. Read on for the full Pumpkin Spice Sangria recipe, plus enter for a chance to win this party pack.
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Need an easy idea for your next fall party or get-together? This chalkboard word find pumpkin makes the perfect centerpiece or decoration. Have guests try to find words or create their own pumpkin with stickers and chalk.
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Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It’s best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.
I feel like I’m a little behind this year (maybe because it still feels like summer here in Knoxville, Tenn.?!), but I just picked up my first pumpkin of the season. It’s a smaller pumpkin since I’m lacking in both square footage and outdoor space and is the perfect colorful addition to my windowsill. Now comes the annual question: do I want to carve, paint or both? I’m prone to picking up a paintbrush and going to town, but I have plenty of friends that enjoy the mess and tradition that comes with carving. What’s your favorite way to decorate pumpkins?
Well, for all you traditionalists out there, we have some modern “carving” ideas, plus beginner and advanced templates you can print right from home for free.
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Let tiny crafters create glowing pumpkin patterns with ease. Simply use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve out fun shapes. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Still not positive you want to take on traditional pumpkin carving? Give this technique a try. Use two different-sized drill bits to add a modern design to your pumpkin. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Halloween has gone country over at our sister site, Great American Country (GAC). Ready to show off your skills? Try carving one of 25 singing superstars from Dolly Parton and Elvis to Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton.
Try your hand at one of these 22 templates created specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers. Printable Templates >>
Think you’re ready for something a little more advanced? These patterns are ideal for more skilled carvers. Printable Templates >>
Never carved a pumpkin before? That’s OK! We’re here to help:
These little mummies are not only cute, they’re functional, too. Filled with candy, the upcycled tin cans wrapped in cheesecloth make a great Halloween party favor or surprise for your favorite trick-or-treater.
Let’s see, where did I leave off? Last week I confessed that I’m scared of my sewing machine and all about the no-sew Halloween costumes for my kids. Hugo is all set to blast off in his rocket costume, so this week I’m turning my four-year-old Lulu into a giant pink frosted doughnut. It’s pretty sweet, check it out:
I have to say, I never thought a neon pink pool float and some giant pipe cleaners could turn into something quite so adorable. What do you think? Would you dress your kid (or yourself) up as a giant pastry?
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Turn your little one into a roaring lion for Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial.
Last week’s Mason jar lid pumpkin was so cute that I was inspired to find even more fun pumpkin crafts for fall. Every year in October, my friends and I get together for a fall craft night. Everyone brings their own materials and ideas, and this year I am beyond prepared. In fact, I have so many craft ideas, I’ll probably need your help narrowing it down! So take a look over my selection, and let me know which pumpkin craft is your favorite pick.
It always hurts to destroy an old book, but if the end result will be as fantastic as this book page pumpkin, I think I might be able to do it…maybe. Head on over to Creations by Kara for her full tutorial.
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a paper pumpkin idea that looks like a million bucks. I mean, seriously, how does she do it? I love the mix of green and orange, and a family of paper pumpkins would look downright adorable at the foot of my mantel.
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