How to Make a Halloween Zen Garden

Halloween Zen Garden 

 

Hey Yall! I hope everyone is doing well! Today we are going to learn how to make a Halloween Zen Garden. I made this craft before surgery and wanted to bring you a quick DIY on how to make this for your desk or Halloween decor. I got this idea from seeing a few different videos on YouTube. They had videos on making holiday zen gardens and just regular zen gardens. I did not come across a Halloween one though (not saying that there is not one out there). I thought how cool it would be to make a Halloween Zen Garden so I came up with the idea of hwo to make a very affordable and easy Halloween Zen Garden ALL from the Dollar Tree!

Here is what you will need: 

Sand (I got 1 pack of white and 1 pack of black)

Small Box (Mine was a coffin Dollar Tree Box)

Cupcake Toppers

Skull Solar Dancing Skeleton (or other Halloween deco! You can get creative)

Bats (or other small decor to glue on your box or put in your sand

Halloween Colorful Bone Necklaces (3 come in a pack at the Dollar Tree)

Glue Gun & Glue sticks

Scissors

It is VERY simple to make this. The first thing I did was cut with scissors the top off of my coffin Halloween box so that I had room to pour the sand. You can leave the top on if you want to but mine just got in the way.

You could also use the paper lid of a photo box, a plastic container, the back of a picture frame if it is deep enough, etc. Make sure backing of picture frame is very secured if you choose to use one.  After cutting the top off of my box I went on to pour in both the white and black sand. I would do 1/2 of each back but just measure it by eye balling. It depends on how deep your box is.

 

Now comes the fun part! You get to put things down in your sand.  I first placed my skeleton solar toy in the sand towards the top of the box. It fit really well and just really added to this craft. With the bone necklaces, I cut them up and dropped the shiny bones into the sand. You will have plenty left over! I did make a cut on both sides of each bone. Surprisingly, cutting the necklace one time did not cause all the bones to slide off the string like expected.

Finally, I placed the little orange cupcake toppers that I got at the Dollar Tree into the sand. These are cute as decor but also great to use as a little broom to move your sand back and forth. The point of a Zen garden is to lower stress which lets admit, we could all use less of right? Below is a video from my You Tube Channel That will show you a more up close look at the final product. I hope you enjoyed this craft. You are more than welcome to leave comments on my YouTube channel. I would love to see you there. ♥ Have a wonderful day yall and thank you for ALL the support I have gotten from my surgery. I truly do appreciate it.

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How to Make an Easy Pumpkin Craft

Hey Yall! Want to know how to make an easy pumpkin craft.  I have an interesting story for you that is bit unusual and something I have never done before. You may remember a pumpkin I put together for Halloween. My little pumpkin looked like this once I was done putting a face on her:

I did decide to pass her forward because I was starting to get so much clutter. I dropped her off at Goodwill with some other items. I saw that her smile was falling off and I hoped they would put it back on her. Brace yourself for this next picture because just looking at it makes me feel really sad. This is what my little pumpkin looked like on the shelf of the thrift store when I saw her later:

I almost did not recognize her and felt extremely sad at the site of this. I have always gotten attached to things that I have made and cannot stand to see a site like this. Despite the fact that I originally paid $1 for this pumpkin at the Dollar Tree and despite the fact that she now had 10 more holes in her than she had before, I decided to repurchase her for 99 cents. I could not leave something that I created on a shelf to meet its demise like this. This may sound crazy but I felt that this was a major pumpkin rescue. I wanted to make a 2nd easy pumpkin craft for yall.

At home, I pulled out the supplies I had. There was a flower lei from Goodwill, a pack of colorful sequins from Michaels, scissors, and hot glue. I spend quite a while fixing this little pumpkin to the best of my ability. The first thing I did was use the little orange flowers as “band aids” to cover the holes in the pumpkin.  I hot glued the edges of the flowers onto the Styrofoam pumpkin. Here she is full of flowers and looking more stylish:

Taking it a step further I broke out my sequins that I bought the other day from Michaels for $1. I had wondered what I was going to do with them. Isn’t it interesting that there is usually a purpose that we do not know about yet. I would have NEVER guessed that I would have been putting back together a pumpkin. My pumpkin at that.

One tip I will give you about sequins is that they stick to the floor pretty well. I did the best when I just bored a few onto my leg and took them off of there after My glue dot was down on the flower. After I added the sequins and made sure that all of my orange flowers were glued down well. I also added green sequins to the stem which I think gave the pumpkin a lot of character.  This is the final product which I was happy with. I am still sad that she does not have a face but this is truly the best that I could do and I feel it is MUCH better than earlier. What do yall think?

Hope everyone has a great night! I will most likely be away for a few days. I am having oral surgery tomorrow and getting all four of my wisdom teeth taken out. FUN TIMES. Happy that I could bring yall this easy pumpkin craft the night before surgery! Please wish me luck and think about me tomorrow. Surgery is at 9 AM. The good news is that I will NEVER have to do this again. -_- Talk to you soon!

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How to Make a Coffee Filter Halloween Suncatcher

Hey Yall! Happy National Coffee Day!!!! This day has inspired me to make a Halloween coffee craft for yall that adults and children can enjoy.   You could actually make any shape you wanted to with this craft! I decided to make a pumpkin and a spider which are pictured above ♥ This is a DIY I feel that kids would really enjoy making with their parents. Though I used a glue gun, a glue stick can absolutely be used. I highly recommend a glue stick if children are wanting to glue on the pieces of the jack o lanterns face.

I found out how to make this craft thanks to the blog Fireflies + Mudpies that is located here.

Here is what you need: 

Coffee filters (one per image that you are wanting to make)

Water spray bottle

Glue stick or glue gun

markers

scissors

colored paper (I used green and black for the pumpkin)

*though a green pipe cleaner is pictured, I did not end up using it on my pumpkin. You CAN hole punch a few holes at the top of the pumpkin and thread pipe cleaner through them. Then curl the pipe cleaner around your fingers to make a vine)

How I did it: 

I used markers and colored the coffee filter. I did not color it neatly by any means. I just made sure that I got a pretty good bit of orange scribbled around the coffee filter.

Once you get done coloring the pumpkin, place a news paper or old wash cloth under neath it to prevent ink from running onto your desk.  Use your spray bottle to spritz the coffee filter. You do not need to soak it. You will notice your colors starting to spread and mix together on the coffee filter. I would recommend letting it dry before picking the filter up or hanging it up. It took mine about 30 minutes to dry.

As you can see from the picture below, the ink will run a little pit. If you pick the coffee filter up, the ink may drip. Ideally, this craft would be best done outside.

The spider was done the exact same way. The main difference was that I did draw the spider on the filter before I cut it out. It was a very rough draft of a spider, as I do not think I have ever made a spider craft before ha! It turned out well though 🙂

I actually did make a heart as well. I do not think I added enough colors to it but it turned out OK! I will show you the picture below. I look forward to seeing how these look hung up on the window! They would make great window decor!!! I have heard that these work great laminated. Due to not having a laminator, I am going to skip this step.  Hope everyone has a great night!!

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Dollar Tree Halloween DIY Spider Bookmarks ♥

Hey Yall!

Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe from hurricane Irma! Our thoughts are with Florida right now as Irma begins to make landfall at an expected category 4 hurricane ♥ I wanted to bring to yall tonight a very easy and affordable Dollar Tree Hallowen DIY Paperclip Bookmark craft!

What you need:

One pack of plastic spider rings can be purchased from the Dollar Store

A few regular sized or large paper clips can be purchased at the Dollar Tree

A hot glue Gun can be purchased at Michaels with one of their 40-50 % off coupons located on their website/in Sunday paper

Hot glue sticks can be purchased at the Dollar Tree

Scissors

How to make: 

Use your scissors to cut off the plastic ring in the back of the spider. The ring should be very easy to cut off. After you have done this, lay paperclip down on the back of the spider and apply hot glue to the spider where the paper clip rests. You may have to hold it on there for 30 seconds or so as the hot glue dries.

And voila! You have some really cute Halloween spider bookmarks  !  You are welcome to use this for your blog, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, or other social media but please link this back to me as I did come up with this idea. Thanks so much!! I would love to have you follow me here on my blog! Also, please remember to check out my Instagram at : JennyLaura87

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