Simple Skull Earring Tutorial

simple Skull earring Tutorial

This Simple Skull Earring Tutorial is great for Halloween or for those of you that fancy the skullery  they are great year round too.  A few supplies and a you are ready to begin.  Use can also use this easy tutorial to make earrings of any style.  Choose your beads and make  them as gifts too.  You can use larger eye pins or even head pins and layer more beads.  This is the basic technique to master when making earrings.

supplies for simple Skull earring Tutorial Supplies for Simple Skull Earring Tutorial:

  • ear wires
  • jump rings
  • round nose pliers
  • eye pin
  • skull beads

Instructions for  Simple Skull Earring:

  1. Simple Skull Earring TutorialPlace eye pin inside the skull bead.   Form a tight loop with the pliers.  Wrap the loop continually around itself to form a jump ring
  2. Open jump ring by pulling one side toward you and one side backward.   skull earrings
  3. Place jump-ring on eye pin and place ear-wire on jump-ring.  Close jump-ring.

simple Skull earring Tutorial

Nutella cake bars

Nutella Cake Bar with marshmallowNutella cake bars are absolutely delicious.  We added them to our cake bar repertoire a few years ago.  This version also has marshmallow fluff added.   When we concoct  in the kitchen ( that is what my son calls it when we make things up)  you never know how it is going to turn out.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Recipe-yield: 36 bars*
*If you are a Nutella nut, they make about 20 bars

Cake bars filled with Nutella and Marshmallow Cream. These will disappear every time you make them.ingredients for nutella cake bars

Ingredients for Nutella Cake Bars:

  • 1 yellow cake mix*
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted* ( if you use unsalted – add a pinch of salt)
  • 1/3 cup milk*
  • 6-8 oz Nutella
  • 7-8 oz Marshmallow Cream
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • non-stick spray
  • rubber spoon or spatula
  • Sprinkles optional – we used halloween colors
 *These items make the base of my bar cakes.  You can add 6-16 ounces of almost any type of filling to change the flavor.  We like nutella and peanut butter.  Peanut butter and chocolate chips.  You can also add nuts.

Instructions for Nutella Cake Bars:

Combine cake mix, melted butter, and milk in a mixing bowl. The dough should be sticky.  Press half the batter in a greased 9×13 pan. Spray your spoon with non stick spray to help keep it from sticking.

  1. Spread the Nutella on top of the dough. nutella on cake base
  2.  Spread the marshmallow fluff on top and swirl.swirl marshmallow fluff and nutella
  3. Crumble the remaining batter on top of the fluff.crumble cake batter on top of nutella marshmallow mix
  4. Add sprinkles if desired. add sprinkles
  5. Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes. Do not over bake.nutella cake bar in pan cooling
  6. Let cool completely before cutting into  squares.

nutella cake bar on a plate


11 Fall Crafts to Make with a Glue Gun

11 Fall crafts to make with a glue gun

Fall here is and that means it is time to start crafting. My glue gun is definitely my trusty side kick when it comes to most crafts.  It so versatile and handy so I use it for practically everything. As you get ready to start making some beautiful fall projects, check out these 11 fall crafts to make with a glue gun for inspiration.

11 Fall crafts to make with a glue gun

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Pumpkin Tea Towel Hand appliqué

If you have have been around long enough you know I love fall and fall means Halloween is right around the corner.  Halloween is so fun and it is the perfect excuse to play dress up.  Not that I really need an  excuse, but you sure get a lot less stares in October.    Not only do I like to make costumes, I like to add little accents around my home.  Recently I have taken up sewing and hand appliqué.  I made pumpkin tea towels this year.  Tea towels are one of my favorite things to make and to give.  They are not expensive.  My favorite tea towels and linens to use are by Dunroven  House.   They are very durable, hold their color and best of all they are  MADE IN AMERICA.  They are a family owned business and very nice  people and I love to support my community and American business.   Amazon, Jo-Ann’s and Walmart carry them.  I get mine at Farm and Fleet.  But they are not everywhere.  This is a close up of the appliqué.    The instructions and supplies are way down at the end of the post.





Join the blog hop & click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it.

1. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
2. Easy Halloween Sculpey necklace
3. Owl-ween Party
4. Easy Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
5. Halloween Polka Dot Pillow
6. Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
7. Halloween Party Garland
8. Halloween Oreo Truffles
9. Skeleton Hat
10. Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial
11. Pumpkin Carving 101
12. Dress It Up Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags
13. Lips as Red as the Rose (an ICE Resin belt buckle)
14. Easy Halloween Caramel Apple Dippers
15. Raccoon Mask
16. Pumpkin Tea Towels
17. Easy Halloween Window Cling

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

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Pumpkin applique tea towel halloween


Supplies to make the pumpkin tea towel:

  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, iron and pencil
  • Embroidery needle and  floss in black, green, orange.
  • Black Tea Towel from Dunroven House
  • Two orange pattern fabrics
  • Green fabric
  • Fusable webbing and parchment paper

Applique Basics 1-

We have several sewing and quilting patterns that incorporate appliqués – which simply refers to the process of applying one surface to another. You can use this technique to embellish not only quilts, but also clothing and fabric home décor as well.

To get our shapes to stick together we are going to use fusible webbing.   To get started I cut off a manageable piece of webbing  and parchment paper from the roll.

Place the adhesive side face down onto the wrong side of the fabric. Use the iron to melt the fusing onto the fabric. The fabric was pressed beforehand. You don’t want to try and fuse webbing to wrinkled fabric.

Press for a few minutes to make sure the fusing sticks firmly to the fabric. Join me for the next segment which shows how I use a die cut machine and a computer to make some fun shapes for applique.

Directions to make the appliqué:

  • Wash, dry and iron towel.  Fold towel into thirds and then in half and lightly iron the edges.  This helps with design placement.
  • Draw your image on the parchment paper with a pencil.  Layer the paper, webbing onto wrong side of  fabric. Place iron on the layer  for 10-15 second intervals until webbing is melted onto fabric.

black tea towel

  • Use scissors to cut design out of fabric.
  • Lay the newly cut design on the tea towel and arrange

hand applique pumpkins


Iron the shapes to the tea towel

ruffled edges

Sew on the ruffled trim

blanket stitch pumpkinBlanket stitch around the pumpkins and straight stitch for their eyes.  I totally winged it on the jack o lantern faces.  That could be why they look a little crazy and demented.

jack o lantern hand applique

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask for Halloween

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To make the Peacock Mardi Gras Mask:

  • Plastic mask from craft and hobby store
  • Metallic paint
  • Clear crystals and Gem-Tac
  • Paint brushes
  • Ornament Swirl

paint supplies

Paint the plastic mask with your desired color.  I chose the the pearl turquoise by Lumiere (Jacquard)

base coat mardi mask

My daughter wanted extra shimmer so I coated the paint with several layers of glitter glue.

mardi gras mask

Use a fine line paint brush to add the details to the mask.  Add the crystals with glue.  I used Gem-Tac since it dries clear and hold well.

It ended up being chilly for trick or treating so we ended up altering the costume to make it a bit warmer.

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If you are looking for a fun mask to make with the kids check out these Paper Plate Mardi Gras Masks.

Halloween Mask and Costume Blog Hop

80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes and masks. I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes and Halloween masks for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Along with my adorable skunk Halloween mask, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

 Halloween Mask a Skunk with Oly-fun

My daughter is into woodland creatures this year and I have made a variety of masks so she can play dress up.  I have used the same template for all of them and changed up the embellishments just a little. This is the skunk and I posted a badger the other day.   I have a cow and a raccoon coming soon.

DIY SKUNK Mask with Olyfun

To make the Skunk Halloween Mask you will need:

  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • thread & scissors
  • oly-fun in black, white and grey
  • pattern or freehand the mask
  • large eyelets and eyelet setting tool
  • elastic cording
  • hole punch ( I use a crop-a-dile)

Instructions for Skunk mask:

  1.  Freehand draw or download  pattern.  Transfer to grey oly-fun.
  2. Cut two bases of slate grey and sew or glue together.
  3. Cut a strip of white for the center and sew on. ( I freehanded)
  4. Cut a small oval for the nose.  ( I freehanded)
  5. Punch holes in side of mask.  Insert  eyelets and set.
  6. Tie elastic on to fit head of wearer snuggly – but not tight.
  7. ENJOY ( if you want to see the Badger mask click here)

This is a picture of the mask.  Print or enlarge to fit your child.

mask with ears


And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume



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61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!

Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.

Spider Cupcakes


spider cupcakes set 1

Spooky spider cupcakes can me made from scratch or from boxed ingredients. I use a recipe that came from Hershey.  If you are not that kind of baker you can go the box route and get dark chocolate mix and frosting.In addition to the ingredients below you will need:

Spider Cupcake extras

  • licorice strips
  • candy eyes
  • non-perils
  • chocolate jimmies

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Directions for Cupcake  batter

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or line 28 to 30 muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans or fill cups about 2/3 full with batter.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans or 22 to 25 minutes for cupcakes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING.

Makes 12 servings or 30 cupcakes.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter,Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed.Stir in vanilla.About 2 cups frosting.IMG_4604

Cut tips off of the licorice and cut into thin strips. Then cut in half to make legs.

single spider

Add eight legs and eyes and sprinkle on non-perils or colored sugar.

Check out the other Halloween Foods I’ve created.

Candy Corn Cookies

Brownie Dirt Cups with Realistic Gummy Earthworms

30 Days of Halloween 2014

15 minute Badger Mask for halloween

Badger mask easy sew



Honey Badger ain’t got nothin’ on my badger mask. If you are not familiar with the honey badger youtube videos and you do not mind a few bad works then check them out. My son wants to take his little sister trick or treating and does not want to get all dressed up. He is at the in-between stage where he wants to be cool yet he still wants to be a little kid. And by all means I am going to encourage him to be a kid. To please him and his need for a costume we came up with several masks that he can wear and his little sister can play with after trick or treating.

To make the Badger Mask you will need:

  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • thread & scissors
  • oly-fun in black white and grey
  • pattern or freehand the mask
  • large eyelets and eyelet setting tool
  • elastic cording
  • hole punch ( I use a crop a dile)

Instructions for Badger mask:

  1.  Freehand draw or download  pattern.  Transfer to grey oly-fun.
  2. Cut two bases of slate grey and sew or glue together.
  3. Cut a strip of white for the center and sew on. ( I freehanded)
  4. Cut a small oval for the nose.  ( I freehanded)
  5. Punch holes in side of mask.  Insert  eyelets and set.
  6. Tie elastic on to fit head of wearer snuggly – but not tight.
  7. ENJOY

This is a picture of the mask.  Print or enlarge to fit your child.

mask with ears

Halloween brooches and a Giveaway

Halloween brooches are perfect for those of us who love to get in the haunting season early.  Check out this project made By Melony Bradley.  It is easy to make with left over stash.   Be sure to scroll to the bottom and find your chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.

Halloween brooches

Material and Tools for Halloween brooches:

  • Fabric and black wool felt scraps
  • Buttons Galore and More Buttons (flat backed)
  • Laser Cut Wood Bird Shapes
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Pin backs
  • Inkjet fabric sheets
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac
  • Tracing pencil (white), fabric marking pen, sewing machine and thread, hand sewing needle, paintbrushes, computer and printer, scalloped edged scissors

Halloween brooches

Cut fabric shapes






To create your own Halloween brooches, use a circle and square template and the fabric marker to trace shapes measuring approximately 2 1/2″ to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out the shapes with scissors.






Trace 3″ shapes onto the black wool felt with the white tracing pencil. Cut the circles and squares out with the smooth edged or scalloped edged scissors.


Pin the shapes together. Use the sewing machine and thread to sew the shapes together.


Stitch circles together
Now comes the fun part! Embellishing your Halloween Drink Stirrers. I used inkjet fabric sheet to print out various Halloween sentiments.



Cut the sentiments out and fork the ends, then glue them under a button sewn or glued to the center of the shapes.

Embellish with sentiment. As an option, machine stitch the edges of your fabric sentiment. Embellish the shapes for the Halloween Drink Stirrers with painted black laser cut bird shapes and more buttons.

Halloween brooches

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Peacock Tutu Tutorial – DIY Halloween Costume

Peackock tutu tutorial

A peacock tutu tutorial:

Make a no sew peacock tutu for your little girl or ballerina in the making. I personally have a passion for peacocks and when my daughter said she wanted to go as a fluffy tutu dancer for halloween I knew I could surely come up a costume. I decided on the peacock. Not only I will love the costume and she will completely enjoy it. I went to search for tulle and I could not find the colors I wanted so I dyed the tulle in the colors I wanted. Cover everything and take extra precautions when you are dying.  It can get really messy.The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Materials for No Sew Peackock Tutu Tutorial:

Update 2014:  Tulle is now available in most big box stores on rolls in tons of colors.  Skip the dye step and purchase them. SOOOO much quicker.

To dye the tulle for the peacock tutu:

  1. Use the colors of your choice and place it in the the hottest water available. Let is soak for at least a half hour. Rinse in cool water and hand on a line to dry.  Make sure you do it over grass or us a drop cloth to catch the drips.
  2. Cut the tulle into 6 inch strips  that are 18 inches long
  3.  Stretch the headband around a full roll of paper towels.  This will serve as your form.
  4. Tie the tulle strips on the headband holes using every other one.  On the first knot I used one layer of tulle.  Then I decided to go even fluffier and an I layered 2-3 strips of tulle together.  That is what gives you the super fluffiness.

fluffy tutu tutorial step one

The peacock tutu tutorial takes about an hour iif you are making it super fluffy.  A less fluffy tutu can be made in half the time.

Instructions for Super Fluffy Peacock Tutu :

I started with one strand of tulle for the first couple of loops and I KNEW it was not going to be super fluffy like I wanted. Ummm, like Gigi wanted. SO, I double and then I quadrupled the strands.  That is right I used 4 strands 6×18.  Going for the supper fluffiest of all tutus ever made. EVER!

I used the roll of paper towels to keep everything uniform and to hold it during the process. I could only work during naps and daddy was out of town the week I made it.  SO, this momma simply made do. Trim strands that are too long.

Tutorial for fluffy tutu

To dye the tank top, use one of the colors used to dye the tulle.  Rinse it in cool water then wash according to manufacturer directions.

no sew tutu

I will show how to make the Peacock Mardi gras style mask in another post later this week. To finish off the tutu and tank top I added a flower purchased already dyed and glittered and on clearance.

The side view of the peacock tutu.

side view of super fluffy peacock tutu

And one last peacock tutu picture for your entertainment.

super fluffy peacock tutu tutorial
super fluffy tutu peacock tutorial

Be sure to check back and learn how to make a Peacock mask Mardi Gras Style.   If you would like to make a Mermaid Tutu Tutorial click Here <—————
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