How To Tuesday – Spooky Halloween Hand treat bags

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Today’s DIY is not really a set of instructions (because it’s super easy) but more of a few helpful hints! I found the idea for these amazing hand treat bags at The Queen’s Card Castle. I decided to make the bags for my son’s class party treat bags, they were super easy and he was able to help.
You need surgical gloves (I found no-powder surgical gloves at Target $2.50 for a 50 pack) Make sure you go with the powder free, most especially if you decide to fill your bags with unwrapped treats! I used Smarties for the fingers, but you could use tootsie rolls (i’d double up the little ones one right after another, or use the long kind)
And then I filled the rest of the bag with assorted candy and chocolate. Tie the top with a ribbon and slip a spider, bat, or skull ring on to a finger. The rings actually stay put really well (I thought I might need tape on the back) but the smarties are the perfect size with the gloves to keep the rings snug in place!
Once the treats are eaten, the hand can be blown up and tied for a creepy hand-balloon!

How-To Tuesday Halloween pipe cleaner friends

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These little pipe cleaner pals are super easy to make, and even easier to customize based on what you have on hand. The only things you will need are pipe cleaners, the paper faces, and some glue. Otherwise you can add little Halloween toys, scraps of fun paper, streamers, etc.
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Here are the supplies:
Halloween paper heads
-hot glue gun
-pipe cleaners
-streamers (I found the cute printed ones here)
-halloween trinkets

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1. Cut your pipe cleaner at the 2/3 mark, it doesn’t need to be exact.
2. take the longer of the two pieces and bend it in half twisting a circle in the middle (this is where the head will be glued)
3. Add the smaller pipe cleaner behind and twist it across the front, so one arm sticks out on either side.
4. You can bend the feet upward.
5. Glue head in place and if you want to make a dress from crepe paper gather up the top edge in your hands, put a drop of hot glue on your figure and align the front of the pleated dress on the glue.

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6. Wrap the rest of the skirt around back, add some glue and press in place.
7. Now you can add a small loop of pipe cleaner and glue it to the back of the head if you’d like a loop, you can leave it off too if you don’t plan to hang it.
8. Now you can glue little things into the hands, add some ribbons, etc.
Have fun and I’d love to see if you make some!

How To Tuesday – Halloween Party Toothpicks

craft yourself some halloween party toothpicks
I’m having a Halloween crafternoon this weekend, and I wanted to make some toothpicks for spearing finger food that would be easy to make, but still have a great spooky vibe. Even if you are not having a Halloween party this year I think these picks would be great for packed lunches, a spooky snack, or you can use the bugs as cupcake toppers.

Here is what you need to make “brooms” & “bugs”
-long bamboo skewers
-assorted plastic bugs or spider rings
-hot glue (the red “blood” glue is optional of course I found mine on ebay)
The brooms are very easy and work up really fast! Cut some raffia about the length of your skewer. Fold in half, and insert your skewer. Then use a piece of raffia to tie it all closed. Cut the ends of your broom and you are done.

For the bugs you want to cut off the “ring” part of the spider rings (I also cut the one side of tips off of the toothpicks), add some hot glue to the back of your bug and hold the toothpick in place until glue sets up.

When your toothpicks are dry and you want to add the blood push your picks into something hard to hold them in place. Since I was using mine the same day I used an apple, but if your making them a few days in advance push them into a piece of Styrofoam or something else that will not leave a bit of juice on the tips.
Then just heat up your glue gun like normal with a red stick and add drips to the top.

Serve them on a tray with some veggies, dip, and you can even turn those little babybelle cheeses into little jack-o-lanterns with a paring knife.

**yes, this is a day late—let’s just pretend it posted yesterday ;)