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:
round nose pliers
Instructions for Simple Skull Earring:
Place eye pin inside the skull bead. Form a tight loop with the pliers. Wrap the loop continually around itself to form a spiral.
Open jump ring by pulling one side toward you and one side backward.
Place jump-ring on eye pin and place ear-wire on jump-ring. Close jump-ring.
Nutella 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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Use scissors to cut design out of fabric.
Lay the newly cut design on the tea towel and arrange
Iron the shapes to the tea towel
Sew on the ruffled trim
Blanket 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.
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!
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.
This is a picture of the mask. Print or enlarge to fit your child.
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!
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!
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
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
“ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows) 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. “ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
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.
Cut tips off of the licorice and cut into thin strips. Then cut in half to make legs.
Add eight legs and eyes and sprinkle on non-perils or colored sugar.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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.
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:
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.
Cut the tulle into 6 inch strips that are 18 inches long
Stretch the headband around a full roll of paper towels. This will serve as your form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And one last peacock tutu picture for your entertainment.