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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween Spooktacular

I went on a Halloween frenzy this weekend. I spent my entire Saturday (except for the morning when I took The Boy to bowling) making all of this!!

Halloween Advent Calendar

I wanted to use my stash on hand and not buy anything. I got this wonderful idea from Crafty Chicks. She created this wonderful Halloween Countdown Calendar for her kids. Check out her blog, she has so many amazing easy crafts. I put a spin on mine as hers is magnetic. I just wanted to use up the stuff I had on hand because I'm frugal like that. Okay so I know, it's not Spooktacular. I'm sorry but it was the best I could do with the materials I had on hand? I mean all the crafts turned out okay, right?

The cute paper is from Michaels, I took it out of the paper pack I purchased to make my Halloween Treat boxes. I gotta get my $7.99 worth right? The stickers I had purchased from Michaels awhile back. I think they were $3.99, but you know me I had my 50% off coupon. The big pink things, those are circle punches I borrowed from my crafty scrappin booking neighbor. Thank You!! Without those punches it would have been very hard to make this calendar.

Step 1 - Punch out all of your circles. You also need two plain pieces of paper, I had some resume paper on hand (bright orange and yellow (not pictured)) to use as the larger circles. It's important to have this 2nd circle to make the picture pop off the green spooky paper. As you can see from the picture below some of the pictures blend with the background. BOOOO. lol

Step 2 - You want to glue the smaller circles (the scary pictures) onto the larger solid color circles. Than you write the numbers on each of the circles. IMPORTANT - When gluing the circles down to your background paper, only place the glue (I used double sided tape) on the bottom and sides of the circle (your two circles should be completely glued together, this is only when you glue them to the background). DO NOT GLUE THE TOP. You need to leave the top unglued so you can move the ribbon to the proper day every morning.

What the Heck are you talking about crazy lady? Keep on reading and you see what I mean.

Step 3 - Then I used this other cool hole punch I borrowed from D and hole punched the corner of the paper to feed through the Halloween Ribbon I used on the treat boxes. Tie the ribbon into a bow, but be careful not to rip the paper.


Step 4- Place any stickers you wish on your calendar to give it more flair.

Step 5 - Cut a piece of ribbon to use as your marker for each day! Everyday you pull the ribbon out (say today is the 2nd) of the previous day (as shown below) and move it to number 2.

Step 5 - Use ribbon to create a handle so you can hang it where ever you want. I just cut the Halloween ribbon and taped it to the back of the background.

Enjoy your new Advent Calendar! I wrote Happy Halloween down on the 31st.

Ummm HELLO LISA!! What is an Advent Calendar without the YUMMY Chocolate you are supposed to get everyday?

Patience People, Patience.

Again I wanted to use my stash on hand.

Here's how I made my cute little candy jar to go with the calendar. You can use anything you want, I was just in the mood to be "crafty!"I took some more of that wonderful paper I purchased from Michaels, some cute orange ribbon I had on hand and an empty crystal light container which just so happened to have a cute orange top. You will also need a hot glue gun.

Step one - measure and wrap the paper all the way around the container (I kept the lid on so it would close without crushing the paper.) Use your hot glue gun to secure the paper around the container.

Step two - If you used solid paper like I did then you will want to decorate it. I used a cute sticker of a witch and an owl.

Step three - Tie the ribbon around the canister and fill with 31 pieces of candy or small little toys.

Instant Advent Candy Jar

Now you are ready to count down the days until Halloween!!

What was that? You thought I was done writing. Oh no no no no no!! I'm not done, I told you this was a Halloween Spooktacular.

Next up, Mummy Gum. Yup Mummy Gum. I think they look more like Ghosts, but you can call them whatever you want.


They were a kinda pain to make, however they are cute though so I wanted to share. Plus who knows you might have an easier way of making them. I got this idea from Be Different act Normal's blog.

I purchased some packets of gum at Walmart, and tore up an old pillowcase. I could have just used white medical tape would have been way faster and easier, but again I was using what I had on hand. Just hot glue gun the strips of pillow case around the gum packets and add the eye balls. I think the pillowcase looks more real than the tape!!

Viola, Mummy or Ghost gum! I think I will hand these out to the kids with their treat boxes!



Are you done yet? Cause seriously you're boring me. LOL NO NO NO NO, NOT YET.

I also decorated my house and wanted to share with you my little cemetery scene. It's not spooktacular, but I like it when the lights are out it's so cool!


Thanks for reading my super long Halloween Spooktacular post!

(Feel free to steal any ideas from my blog and create your own crafts. However if you blog about it, be a sweetie and link up to my blog. I'd share the love if I stole from your blog) =)


57 comments:

Tater Tot Mom said...

Such great ideas! Love the advent calendar and will have to make one since my little guy is busting at the seams because he's going to be a mailman this year!

You're so crafty!

Kimi said...

Holy crafty, batman! Seriously my littlest guy is gonna be Batman so I had to slip that one in there, lol. I love your calendar, but my fave is the mummy. Too cute.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Okay. You gotta stop with this stuff. You are going to 1. give me a complex and 2. die laughing when you see my 31 days of crafts!! They are LAME compared to this!

Evonne said...

I love the crafts! I think I might have to borrow the mummy/ghost craft. Those are just too cute! Thanks for sharing!

kimert said...

So cute!! Love the Mummy Gum and am going to steal that idea to put in treat bags for my kid's classes at school! Yay! Thanks for sharing. :)

Melissa said...

WOW... you are soooo crafty. Wanna come over and teach me how to do that kind of stuff?

Emmy said...

Holy crafty!
Such cute ideas!! I love the Ghost gum, such a cute idea!

Tomorrow we are going to get out all of our Halloween decorations.

Vodka Logic said...

Wow I'm impressed. I'm so lazy. :(

Lisa Anne said...

The Mummy gum was such a pain in the butt to make. USE THE WHITE SPORTS TAPE TO MAKE IT.

DO NOT USE FABRIC AND A GLUE GUN. TRUST ME.

My fingers are still burned.

Okay so these are just a few of the many Halloween crafts to come.

I'm thinking this weekend:

PUMPKIN POO.

yup, I said it PUMPKIN POO.

Stay tuned for more!!

Audra said...

So adorable!!! You are very creative! I can't wait to put out my Halloween decorations this weekend. =)

Lisa Anne said...

Hmm after seeing other blogs today, I'm feeling like this post is not very SPOOKTACULAR. grrrrr

I was just trying to use up the Halloween stash on hand. I totally could have made a kick a** Advent calendar out of felt and stuff, but I didn't have any felt on hand.

I think it came out great for the limited items I had in my craft room.

Don't you? Why do I feel like this sucks right now! grrr

Vicki said...

Don't know what you are talking about, I think it is a KICK A calendar! I love it! so so cute!

Amy said...

How much fun you must have had! I am loving all of the fun decorations and things you did to make your house more festive. My favorite is the advent calendar.

Nikki said...

love love the calendar!! Wow you are so creative, its awesome:) and the ghost stick gum is too cool!! I seriously think you should sell some of this stuff at like an octoberfest or something!

ps Michaels is the best right!?

Hoity Toity Baby said...

Hi! I jsut wanted to tell you that I love all the crafty ideas you posted for Hallowee! Very cute and if I ever find 2 minutes...I'm doin' um too!

MiMi said...

OMG, girl, those are awesome! I'm gonna make a birthday calender for my 3 year old. His b-day is 8 days away and he asks EVERY day, this would be so fun!!! I love it!
Mummy gum!!! Awesome!!! I wanna make that for my 1st grader's class! Great job! Love the cool graveyard too... : )

shortmama said...

Great job girl!!!

Alice in Wonderland said...

WOW! I love all this! Here in England, we don't go in for all this Halloween stuff like you Americans do! But I might just start off a new tradition!
You do some fantastic things, Lisa, all we do is give out bags of candy and other spooky things on 31st October. Even Pumpkin Heads are hard to come by...but I always have my Pumpkin Heads outside one the actual night!
All this makes it even more exciting for me to do! Now, I'm just planning on a spooky story or poem to write every night!

conquer The Monkey said...

love the idea of a halloween advent calendar, so appropriate!

also, how cute are your pets?!?! love it!
Cheers,
Cameron
Conquer The Monkey

happy mama said...

LOVE the calendar! What a great crafty weekend! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Lbug said...

The advent calendar is cute! I think I'll do them for Christmas so my kids each can have their own.

Any idea where you can get that punch you used, I need it! ;)

Claire said...

I love all your Halloween projects! My fave is the advent calendar...so fun!

Small House said...

WOW....you must have had the BEST Saturday! Everything is wonderful. BUT....I am going to steal the gum mummys. Would you care if I post it when I make them? I'll link to your blog. They are so darn cute, and fun to give to friends.

Have a great day!!
Sandra

Lani said...

Lovely Halloween ideas! I can't wait till my kids are just a little older and can get into it more!!

I would love for you to stop by the Blog For A Cure Blog Party I am hosting all week long at http://whoknewreviews.blogspot.com!
Its a great way to get new followers, win some prizes and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Amy said...

Wow this is so great. You should share this for my Round Robin on Oct. 9th. I loved all of your ideas...

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I love all these you did. Great job!.
Your house will be as lovely as you are, I'm sure.
:)

Marisa said...

Those are such great ideas! I will definitely have to try my hand at them :)

I really enjoy reading your blog and have a Lovely Blog Award waiting for you at my blog. I hope you are able to come accept it :)

Sheila Rae said...

Hey.. I love all your Halloween crafts. Dang.. wish I was that crafty! In my dreams I am.. LOL

Love your blog, and glad I found ya.

I am now a follower. If you like my blog come follow me.
livingsmartgirl.blogspot.com

Sheila

Savvy Gal said...

what cool ideas. : )

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oh, wow!!! You are the crafty lady!!! I love to scrapbook but NEVER thought of an advent calendar like that...and I love the little candy jar!! That would be soo fun for teachers!!!

Great ideas and a great comment on the 5 moms today!!

Tarah

Raising Z said...

Wow it all looks so great :) I love the advent calendar....so cute!!! If I wasn't so tired and pregnant, I would make one. Maybe next year :)

Mighty M said...

Awesome spooktacular! I love the RIP scene. I have almost nothing to decorate with, Halloween wise. I am working on it.... I always get so overwhelmed about what to buy and where to put it!

Unknown Mami said...

You are fantastic! Craftastic!

natalee said...

Lisa...Amazing calender girlie i love it!!! Im so doing it with my boys..

Ashylee said...

I love this! i had a dream of making my house all scary and stuff but I don't think it will happen this year due to Hayden being 2 and I'm sure it will scare him.. next year, a haunted garage is on!

Alicia said...

oh my gosh you are too cute! i love love love the mummy gum!

TwoHeartsTogether said...

Those are all so cute! I really love the paper you used for your Halloween Advent Calender, I truly do LOVE IT! I made a Christmas one I think I might make a Halloween one now

Michelle said...

I love, love, love your craftiness! It's so much more SPOOKTACULAR than anything I could do myself! Love it, keep bringing it....perhaps it will inspire me! ;)

Nicole said...

How freakin adorable! You are just too precious! I love it =D Tomorrow I am decorating the office CANT WAIT! =D

kyslp said...

I think the Mummy Gum is really cute. The kids in my 4th graders class would like to get one.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love all of these! You've really outdone yourself. The mummy gum is so clever! And I'm loving the advent calendar. I never would have thought to make one for Halloween, but it makes perfect sense. We've got to get busy with some Halloween crafting around here. It's my all time favorite holiday!

Lisa Anne said...

WOW 41 comments wholly schmolly. I will vist all your blogs and return the comments I promise. I just might not get to them tomorrow as I have a busy day at work!!

Please be patient and thank you all for the comments.

KEEP EM COMIN!! I'd respond to 100 if I needed to!! You all ROCK!!

Night Owl Mama said...

Super cute so wish I had time

yonca said...

Great Spooktacular! Love them girl! Super Cute!!!

mom2triplets04 said...

Love your halloween crafts. thanks for sharing them.

Jessica G. said...

Love the Mummy gum! Might have to steal that one for the first grader's class party...

thatdesigngal said...

Hey! Great projects! I have never seen a hole punch slot thingy like that. I am going to have to get one of those!

Nice work! :-)

Neva said...

Cute stuff! Love the little mummies. Following :)

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Kristin said...

Can you send some of that craftiness my way? And surely you recognized the football pose??? AH ha

Vicki said...

alright lovely lady, give me a date and a project of your choosing, I will reserve your special spot :)

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Such great ideas! And everything looks spooktakular!

JennyMac said...

Mummy gum? I LOVE it. You are SO creative. And awesome.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Cute ideas! Love the advent calendar!

Susan Crabtree said...

ok, seriously lovin' the ghost gum-too cute!

Rook No. 17 said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Wonderful to find another California girl embracing the Fall spirit! Congrats on your awards! Happy Sunday Sharefest SITSta!

Jenn @ rookn017.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Over via Valerie's Frugal Family Fun Blog and what a cute idea! Love that it's simple and can be made in a day. If I didn't have one from PBKids already I'm whip one up. But then again, maybe I will anyway and put it in my daughter's room. She'd love it.

BTW I completely forgot I even had a countdown in the basement until I saw your post. Thanks for jogging the memory!