Homemade Halloween decoration ideas: How to build your own graveyard



Great costumes, spooky feelings and fun are what Halloween is all about. Why not spook your neighbors and friends by creating your own graveyard this Halloween? There are different elements like spooky lighting that you can include in your graveyard that will leave your guests with goosebumps. Below I’ve listed some spooky ideas to create a graveyard that will make this Halloween particularly fun and memorable.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. To make your graveyard really eerie, add some fallen branches and tilt some of the gravestones at different angles. This will make it look like your graveyard has been there for centuries.
  2. Put a pair of wide calf riding boots on one or two of the graves. Partially cover these boots with leaves to make it look like somebody is actually lying there.
  3. Hang some oddly large clothes on branches so that it looks like ghosts are haunting your graveyard.
  4. Display a few skulls around the graveyard and use a bit of red paint to give the graveyard an even more dramatic look.
  5. You can also use a fog machine or dry ice to make your graveyard foggy.
  6. The idea of gruesome hands crawling out of the ground can fill anybody with fear. Use two small sticks and your gloves to create this look.
  7. Use Styrofoam or Plywood to make tombstones and write scary epitaphs on them.
  8. Last but not the least, use a broken scrap of wood and write “keep out” or “danger” on it with black or white paint to complete the look.

Welcome your guests in a scary costume and say “welcome and beware” and your guests won’t soon forget your haunted Halloween graveyard.

DIY beaded necklace

While diamonds are no doubt a girl’s best friend, a simple and heartfelt, handcrafted piece is just as unique which makes it that much more precious. Crafting your own jewelry is not only a fun and inexpensive way to pass time, but your piece will surely be a great conversation starter. These days, fashionistas and trendsetters are ditching their bling-bling for the more unique and intricate beadwork designs. If you’re in search for ways you can jazz up an outfit or express your individual style, consider a one-of-a-kind DIY beaded necklace!

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut a strip of tulle or ribbon that’s twice the desired length of the necklace. If you’re recycling old jewelry, you can substitute these pieces instead of using ribbon. I personally used old eye glasses chain for the beads.
  2. Next, you’ll want to tie a double knot where you wish to secure your beads.
  3. Depending on what you have in mind, you can incorporate the different beads at your preference and create an ongoing pattern.
  4. For added embellishment, you can wrap each bead in tulle, like a piece of candy, and twist away. Keep in mind that you’ll want to twist each piece of tulle tightly around the bead to keep it in place while it’s being worn.
  5. Secure each end of the necklace by double knotting each end. You can add an attachment closure (available at any crafts store) to your piece which will allow your necklace to properly attach at both ends.

And there you have it- an easy and inexpensive but cute way to create a personalized piece. While intricate beadwork can be beautiful, there’s no need to spend hours stringing a necklace! Give this DIY beaded necklace a try and as soon as you know it, with enough practice, you may be crafty enough to design an interlocking circle necklace.

How to make your own cigar box purse


People spend hundreds of dollars on a great purse, but not all of us can afford to spend that much on a purse. You don’t have to be a crafting expert to make you own cigar box purse. It’s cute and trendy, but pretty much costs you next to nothing. The best part is that you can decorate it exactly how you want. You can make it personal or a certain color to match certain outfits. Either way it’s a great investment of your time, but you won’t have to invest much money into this fabulous purse!

Here’s what you need:

– Empty cigar favor boxes

– Drawer handle

– Nail polish remover

– Paints

– Varnish spray

– Recycled leather

– Scissors

– Screws and a screwdriver

Here’s what you do:

  1. If your empty cigar box has stickers or stamps on it that you want to remove you use nail polish remover to get these off.
  2. Next your own do it yourself leather flower by cutting out a floral shape from an old leather jacket or purse that you are no longer using.
  3. Use paints, paint brush and your DIY leather flower to decorate your cigar box purse.
  4. Other items that you can use to decorate your cigar box purse include scrapbooking paper, rhinestones, embellishments, beads and anything you have in your craft room.
  5. Use your screws and screwdriver to attach the drawer handle to the side that will be the top of your cigar box purse.
  6. Use a varnish spray to coat and protect the entire cigar box purse.
  7. You’re ready to take your handmade cigar box purse out on the town!

DIY wall calendar

As the Mayan calendar comes to a close, what better way to kick off the upcoming months with a brand spankin’ new DIY calendar? Call me old fashioned for my interest in calendars, but after not finding a calendar I liked and needing an actual pin board for important notes, I decided to make my own. Make a date to create a personalized giant wall year calendar to keep yourself organized or to give as a crafty gift.

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Ribbon tape
  • Pins
  • Hot glue
  • Canvas paint (optional)

What to do:

  1. Canvas sizes may vary depending on what you’d like to incorporate into your calendar. I used a 16” x 20” sized canvas and painted a nice creamy color from a watercolor palette set as the backdrop.
  2. Next, I evenly spaced out my ribbon tape ( I placed 4 pieces of ribbons across the canvas making 5 rows and 6 pieces of ribbon going down to make a total of 7 columns). You can use measuring tape for equal spacing between each ribbon, however eye balling each measurement works just as well.
  3. Once you have each ribbon spaced out accordingly, use your pins to hold down each square where your ribbons intersect. For embellishment, I used pins with pearls attached to the ends which enhanced the final product greatly.
  4. When you flip the canvas around, you may find sharp edges from the pins as they’ve been poked through. You can trim the excess pieces off with pliers and hot glue each pin to secure it in place. Hot glue each piece from behind the canvas to avoid globs of dried glue as part of the actual calendar itself.

You can also embellish your large wall calendar with scrapbook paper, feathers, beads, and anything that comes to mind! DIY calendars are a quick and easy way to pass time each month and not to mention, they make the most heartfelt gift. How can the perfect calendar be hard to find when it’s right under your nose, just one craft away?!

DIY no-sew scarf

If you’re not as crochet or knit savvy as some others, you’ll surely be in luck with this fun, DIY no-sew scarf tutorial. This quick and easy 10 minute DIY scarf is a fun and creative way to design something unique and you’ll most likely be able to complete this project in under 10 minutes! Believe it or not, you won’t be needing any sort of knitting or crochet needles for this yarn craft. And the best part about this no-sew, non-crochet, non-knit tutorial is that anyone can make it!

What you’ll need:

 What to do:

  1. Set your bar stools side by side and tape the end of your yarn to the stool, leaving a 2” yarn tail.
  2. Wrap the yarn all the way around the stool. I’ve found that using kitchen chairs or bar stools can make the perfect double (and possibly triple) infinity scarf.
  3. Wrap the material around the chairs to a thickness of your liking. To get the best out of your beautiful variegated baby yarn, you may have to wrap your yarn around a couple of times.
  4. Once you’ve determined the thickness of the scarf, carefully remove your scarf from the bar stools and lay it down on a flat surface. Make sure your two loose ends are in the same place (if not, cut one end so they match up).
  5. Cut a piece of yarn (roughly 4” long) and tie a double knot around the entire scarf, securing your two loose ends.
  6. Trim the yarn tails to approximately 1” each.
  7. Using a double knot, secure the remainder of your skein approximately 1” from the knot you just tied in order to secure the scarf.
  8. Wrap all loose ends. Finish your wrap by tying a double knot around the scarf. Wrapping approximately 2” at the ends will secure the whole scarf.
  9. Optional: For added embellishments, you can cut a tail at each end of the scarf approximately 3-4” long. Finger weave the yarn tail to avoid the material from being tangled.

I like to twist the scarf and then wrap it around my neck two or three times depending on how eclectic I’m feeling. This no-sew, non-knit project is probably one of the quickest crafts you can design. It also makes for the perfect going out accessory or gift. The variegated baby yarn will give you a pop of color that’ll brighten up your day. So with just 10 minutes of your time, why not squeeze in this fun way of designing your own scarf to your crafts to-do list?

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How to paint your own decorative plates

Everyone uses plates and bowls in their homes but do you know decorated plates can be pretty show pieces as well? You can decorate your plates and bowls with several designs and decorative items. These decorative plates make great gifts. You can gift them to your friends and family members. Here are some items you will need to decorate and paint your plates.


What you need:

  • Glass plates
  • Sharpees of assorted colors
  • Clear protective coat

You can follow the under mentioned steps to create some personalized dishes with funny drawings, funny quotes, inspirational quotes etc. You can use these plates as party favors or birthday presents.

    • Firstly, it is important to choose the right plate. You must choose a glass plate that’s microwave friendly. A glass plate won’t melt in the oven and this is of utmost importance for this project.
    • Now you can decorate your plate using different sharpies. You can draw funny pictures or write love messages on your plate. The quote or drawing depends on the person for whom you are making a personalized plate. For instance you can simply write “Will you marry me?” on your plate if you want to propose your girlfriend.
    • Once you have decorated your plates with sharpies, you can bake them at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. That will help you set the ink. Afterwards, let your plate cool down completely.
    • Last but not the least, you have to clear spray a protective coat on dishware. This spray will not only allow you to decorate your plate well but it will also allow you to use it for serving food. You can purchase a Krylon acrylic crystal clear coating 11 oz bottle. This spray protects your drawings and decoration from water, dust and stains. It provides a permanent gloss coating to your plate. This spray is moisture resistant and smudge-proof. You can also use it on your old photographs to improve their contrast. You can use this spray to protect your carbon copies, records, maps, documents, display materials, ceramic items, wood crafts and many more items.

    Once your personalized plate is dry, you can pack it in cute cellophane gift bags. These bags come in various sizes and shapes. You can check out the Candy Cane and Cross cellophane bags from Century Novelty. These bags will help you finish your project with grace. They allow you to give decorative plates to your loved ones in style!

    DIY save the date handkerchiefs

    Gifts can bring an amazing smile to anybody’s face. And when it is about someone close to you, you want even bigger smile right? Save the date handkerchiefs can be a great way to let your loved ones know to save the date while giving them a little keepsake at the same time. Here are a few steps which will help you create a beautiful save the date handkerchiefs.

    • Step One

    Firstly, pick a cotton handkerchief. 100% cotton women’s handkerchiefs come in different styles. You can pick basic or colored handkerchiefs. They come in different floral prints like rose, lily, lavender etc. You can also consider white cotton bridal handkerchiefs trimmed in wide, white lace and a blue satin bow. Wash and iron these feminine handkerchiefs for the best results.

    • Step Two

    Pick out your stamp pad. Now put the handkerchief on a hard surface and place the inked stamp on it. Apply even pressure and gently lift the stamp off your handkerchief. Now you should be able to see a beautiful pattern printed on the handkerchief.

    • Step Three

    Now take a thick piece of plain or subtle colored paper and write whatever you want to. You can slide this card or note into the handkerchief. You can also tie them together like a present with the desired ribbon.

    • Step Four

    Pick a square envelope and put the handkerchief into it. Make sure that the envelope is sealed properly so that the handkerchief doesn’t fall off.

    You can use all these steps to make some elegant brown and cream wedding invitations as well. You can select a cream handkerchief and brown envelope or vice-a-versa. This combination brings in the warmth of English countryside style. You can choose some beautifully crafted brown and ivory Vintage invitation kits if you don’t have much time to make the invitations. These kits help you create striking cards with attractive floral, brown and cream vine designs.

    Upcycle old jeans into a jacket


    Guest Blogger: Stephanie Albright from My ‘Lil Pumpkin Patch

    You’ve probably seen all kinds of “up-cycled” projects all over the internet. By “up-cycle,” I mean taking one item and making something else out of it. For example, buy a men’s sweater at the thrift store and turn it into a cute dress for a toddler girl, or some old drapes could be made into reusable brightly colored handbags. There are many ideas for up-cycling on the internet these days.

    This past month, as I was sorting through my craft stash and trying to down-size, I came across a pair of size 7 boys corduroy pants that I previously gathered from my mom’s “going to the thrift store pile.” They were originally given to my younger brother – but he never wore them; they still had the tags on them.

    I have a two-year-old son, and I figured I would save the pants until he could wear them. But, as I was sorting, I dreamed up another idea for the corduroy beauties (or should I say handsomes?) – what if I could make a nice little jacket for my son out of them? This challenge was something I couldn’t pass up.

    I started by looking online for tutorials on making jackets. It seems that most DIY’ers make patterns out of clothing they already own. So, I grabbed a sweatshirt that fits my son, and created the front, back, and sleeve patterns from that. Then, using one of his button-up shirts, I created a pattern for the collar. (To create the pattern, I used some scrap paper that was large enough to trace each section. Don’t forget to add in seam allowances!)

    After the pattern was completed, I unpicked all seams on the pants. I was a bit nervous about whether or not I would have enough fabric, and I figured this would be the best way not to waste any pieces. It turned out to be just enough! The scraps that are left are just that – they can’t be used to construct anything else!

    The only thing I purchased for this jacket was some flannel fabric. I still need to add some sort of closure to the front of the jacket, but I am having a hard time deciding what will look the best! In the end, I spent $7 for the fabric and thread, and still have plenty of both to make something else!

    Up-cycling is such a creative challenge, and after completing this project, I have found that it is possible to create just about anything from anything! If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog, My Li’l Pumpkin Patch. Happy creating!

    How to make a decorative mask


    Making your own mask can be fun and exciting. Handmade masks come in handy for themed events such as Halloween parties or a masquerade ball. They also make perfect gifts for family and friends. Here are some items you will need to make a great mask at home:

    • A plain plastic mask
    • Assorted feathers
    • Acrylic craft paint
    • A black marker
    • A decorative stud
    • Craft glue
    • Invisible rubber thread
    • A small drilling machine or screwdriver

    Follow these steps to help create the perfect mask for your event:

    • Color your plain white Zucker plastic mask with gold or silver craft paint. Keep in mind, you can use any color appropriate for the themed event.
    • Create a design on the mask using a black or colored marker. You can also go the creative route and embellish your mask with a Quatro fishing line. Use these shimmery lines to border your mask.
    • After you’ve given a nice color and pattern to your mask, use your crafts glue to decorate your mask with the assorted feathers.
    • Choose a stud according to your mask’s color scheme and paste in the center of your mask. This will hide the ends of the feathers and will add to the complete look of your mask.
    • Once you’re done decorating your mask, poke a hole on the left and right end of your mask right alongside the eyes of the mask.
    • Take your invisible rubber thread and cut it according to the size of your head. A great way to ensure a perfect fit is to insert the thread in one hole while holding the mask up to your face. This way you’re able to accurately measure the size from one end to the other.
    • Now you can finally insert the other end of your rubber thread into its corresponding hole and tie a knot at each end of the thread.

    You can wear this mask to a party or showcase as in-home decor. With this tutorial, you can now design a unique mask or attend an elegant themed party.

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