Happy Halloween!

IMG_8762Happy Halloween! Okay, we know that it is a few day passed, but we were too busy with dealing with bats on the ceiling and skeletons in the graveyard to post this on Halloween. A little late is better than never, right?IMG_8104There’s something magical about Halloween night. Whether you spent minutes or days decorating and planning for this holiday, it all looks amazing. The Jack-O’-Lanterns hidden away until this one night get to shine on front door steps, leading the way to a bowl full of goodies. Porches are adorned with spider webs and skeletons, some spooky and some more friendly. Everyone gets to dress up in a costume and pretend for one night that they really are the headless horsemen or the school cheerleader. It’s not about scare (not entirely), it’s about the thrill of it all. And this is why we love Halloween! IMG_3994It’s exciting to see what your costume looks like after days of thinking and planning and collecting supplies. It’s exciting to see all the Jack-O’-Lanterns you carved out on your front porch, glowing with candles and mischievous grins. It is exciting to share all your crafts and treats (and tricks?) that you planned with your neighbors, family, friends, & coworkers and to see what they have up their sleeves as well.IMG_8768As we get older, Halloween gets more and more fun for me. I don’t think I will ever grow out of this holiday. All the fun decorations to make and buy, all the delicious treats to bake and eat! Such fun!IMG_8097This year Rose and I spent the whole month of October planning for a Halloween party. We would have started in September, but we resisted. We showed you most of the simple crafts that we made along the way. But this post is about how all the little things came together into the finished product. Here is our spooky–but not that spooky because we can’t do that– Halloween! Come inside our Witches Den to see one last Halloween ha-rah.IMG_3939IMG_3968 IMG_4001IMG_4022 IMG_4024IMG_8763

 

Happy belated Halloween Popcorn & Chocolate readers!IMG_4094

Quick & Easy Halloween Gravestones

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Here’s another fun DIY for our Halloween series. As Halloween approaches, we are busily trying to make fun and spooky decorations. These are super easy to do and really fun!

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Last weekend we went to Salem, MA to walk around to be inspired for Halloween. We saw a memorial for the Salem Witch Trials in a very old graveyard there.

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We took a lot of cool, and a little bit creepy, pictures of the gravestones for inspiration for ours! It’s really intriguing to be in such an old town, especially around Halloween. Unfortunately, it is also very busy, so we did not get to see as much as we wanted to. But, just walking the old cobblestone streets transfixed us back to a different time.

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For these gravestones, all you’ll need is cardboard, scissors and/or an X-acto knife, and paint. For the cardboard we used flattened boxes, and for paint we used grey, moss green, and brown acrylic paint.

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The first thing you’ll want to do is look at different designs of gravestones to get inspired. We sketched the designs onto the cardboard using a pencil and then cut them out. The simple designs are easier to cut out since cardboard can be difficult to cut, but for the more complicated designs we found the X-acto knife made life easy. Make sure you leave extra space on the sides of your gravestone to fold back so it will stand up. You could also tape a long triangle-shaped strip of cardboard to the back as a stand if you don’t want the sides folded back. Once the design was all cut out we realized they were a bit top heavy and just flopped over, to remedy this we taped a toothpick to the back where the top was flopping.

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After your have your shape, start painting. We painted a base layer of grey over the whole gravestone and then added splotches of green and brown to give it more dimension. We found it good to paint a few and let them dry because once you’re inspired by spooky phrases to put on your gravestones, you’ll want to do them all at once!

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We started looking online and thinking about what to write on our gravestones next. Here are the ones we used:

  • Barry D’Alive, 1802-1868
  • Can you hear me now?
  • Underneath lies Aubrey Jones, sadly now a bag of bones
  • Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, here lies someone I wouldn’t trust
  • Myra Manes 1824-1890 by body and bones are buried down here so I will come haunt you year after year

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Next we used chalk to write out the phrases. This was easier than painting, plus you can just use a paper towel or your hand to dust off mistakes. You could either use the chalk to stencil or just leave it like we did. I personally liked the look of erasing it a few times because the dusty white chalk left a nice effect.

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After that you’re all ready to set up your graveyard! Comment with any other clever phrases you decide to use.

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Thanks to Tatertots & Jello for hosting!

Pumpkin Carving

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This past weekend we spent at my house in Hanover, New Hampshire visiting my parents. One of the main reasons we decided to go home was so we could carve some pumpkins. My mom and I always get really into carving pumpkins every year and always have a great time doing it.

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Ever since I remember we have always used these kits to punch out a stencil onto the pumpkin, which you then carve out. They make amazing designs and always turn out really cool (even if you accidentally cut off your witches finger). Since we have been doing them for years we have an over-abundance of old kits and patterns to choose from. It probably took each of us the longest to actually choose which design we wanted to carve than to actually carve it out.

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Since it was our first pumpkins of the year, no one wanted to start with the hardest one. My mom chose to do some skulls for her first one, Rose picked a zombie coming out of the ground, and I chose someone coming out of a coffin.

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My mom graciously had already scooped out all the goop inside the pumpkins, so we got to poking our designs right away. This part is the most annoying, and can hurt your hand after a while, but we powered through it. With a quick fill up on wine, we then each started carving. Here are the finished pumpkins!

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We picked up the pumpkin carving again on Saturday night after dinner. This time we each picked out two patterns to do. There must have been a witch vibe because both Rose and my mom chose a witch design to start off the night with. I did a Frankenstein one.

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For our third pumpkins, my Mom did Dracula, Rose did another zombie type one, and I did a skull and lizard. We were joking the whole time because my mom said some years she likes to do a theme, for instance all Witches, so we were trying to see if anyone had a theme to their pumpkins. Rose was the only one we could see, she had a hand theme. All of her pumpkins were focused on hands, I mean one of them was even called Jazz hands. We started making some hand puns after that.

 

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Once everyone was finished with their last pumpkin we lined them all up and lit them all. They all looked so cool together. Now hopefully they will make it until Halloween night so we can put them out on the porch for all the trick or treaters to see.

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Halloween Washi Magnets & Hair Barrettes

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We are continuing along with our Halloween series. This craft is super easy and so cute that you’ll want to leave the magnets up all year round!

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The supplies you need are Washi, a magnet strip, and some paper. For our magnets we chose these two cute Halloween Washi tapes that we picked up at Target. All the Halloween decor always kills me at Target; it was a huge restraint not to buy half the store. This is the Washi we chose, but you don’t have to stick to Halloween Washi — also you could use fun paper instead.

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Take the Washi and tape a strip to a piece of paper. The Washi is a thin so the color paper will show through a little bit, keep that in mind when you chose what paper you want to use. I liked the look of a plain off-white beneath to brighten up the Washi.

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Next, cut-out the strip of Washi on the paper. Also, cut off a small piece of the magnet and peel off the protective paper so the sticky side is exposed. Stick the Washi paper to the magnet and voila you are done!

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For the hair clip, do the same thing except instead of sticking the it to a magnet, hot glue it to a barrette!

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See, wasn’t that easy? Now you have some cute fridge magnets for Halloween, and a good excuse to go buy that Halloween Washi you have been coveting – we sure did!

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Halloween Etched Bottles

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Hi again,

We are back with yet another Halloween craft for you to do! This one follows the same instructions for our glass etching tutorial. Have a look at those instructions for a more in-depth description of how to etch glass, otherwise read on to find out how we made this simple craft into fun and creepy Halloween decorations.

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A few weekends ago we went to our local Goodwill and picked up a bunch of empty glass bottles that were each about $1. We wanted to find some unique looking bottles to hold some candy and drinks for a Halloween party. You can also just use any empty glass bottles you have at home as well.

Next we planned out what we wanted to etch onto the bottles. We liked the idea of using creepy ingredients one might use for a potion. We also wanted to do a simple skull and crossbones poison bottle, because you can’t go wrong with that! Since the skull bottle is a little different we will explain it more in depth after the more simple ones.

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We used a combination of these etching letters we had used from the previous etching DIY as well as some plain vinyl letters we picked up from a craft store. You have to keep in mind that with the vinyl letters, the etching will be outside as the letters will block the cream, so they’re good for if you want to etch a whole area and have your words blocked out of that. We placed the letters where we wanted them on the bottles and then began to sketch out what we wanted around the letters.

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For Rose’s witch fingers bottle she drew a frame on a piece of white paper and then cut it out using blue painters tape. This is the part where we highly recommend you buy some double sided tape so you can stick the frame cutout to one side and then stick the other side right to the bottle. We didn’t have any on hand so we had to improvise a bit. Instead we had to try and stencil and cut out our designs on the non-sticky side of the tape, which got frustrating pretty fast as the tape would just get caught on everything. Plus, you want it to be as sticky as it can be so no etching cream leaks through. Anyways, back to the witch fingers. Rose cut out the frame from painters tape and then stuck that around her letters. Next she slabbed on the etching cream and let sit for 30 minutes.

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For Haley’s eye of newt, she used the etching letters to spell out “eye of newt.” We only have one set of the alphabet (and there are 3 e’s in eye of newt), so it took a few rounds of etching and rinsing to get the whole phrase. I’d recommend putting random letters in place of the repeated letters to map out the whole phrase before etching, just to make sure it will fit the way you like. Also, after you finish etching the first round of letters and are ready to move things around to etch the next round, make sure not to remove the letter adjacent to the letter you are adding to keep the alignment how you want it! Once Haley had all the letters etched, she cut out a vine shape and some small leaves using the painters tape and etched that design around the letters. Remember, you want to cut your stencils so you’ll put etching cream on the inside of the design you want.

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For the poison bottle, we printed out some skull and crossbones designs we found online. Again, we had a bit of trouble because we did not have double sided tape. We placed tape on the back of the paper design and then cut out both layers. We put some folded up tape on the back of the design and then taped it to the bottle. But there was still a lot of space where the etching cream could leak through, so Rose held the design down tightly while Haley carefully etched around the edges. We let it sit for about 40 minutes and then carefully rinsed it off.

IMG_2881We hope we inspired you with another Halloween craft. This is perfect to serve drinks or different candy in at our party. We are planning on putting those candy eyeballs in the eye of newt bottle and some candy fingers in the witch fingers bottle!

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Keep checking back to see more DIY’s from our Halloween table!

Halloween Sharpie Plates

IMG_2914We have another super easy & quick Halloween craft for you! This craft was inspired by the Sharpie Mug that has been floating around Pinterest for the past few months. There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews on this craft, some saying it worked great and others claiming it did not work at all. From my own experience, this definitely does work there are just a few tips and tricks you must be weary of.For those of you who don’t know what the Sharpie Mug craft is, I shalIMG_2842l explain. Basically, what you do is draw a design on a ceramic mug (or dish or bowl) and then bake it in the oven to set the design. It seems that using an actual sharpie (unless it is oil-based) is not the best option for this craft. Instead you need an oil based marker. I bought this set of Bic and it seems to work great, except the lighter colors fade in the oven.

IMG_2860Now, onto what we do for our Halloween plates. I had a stack of plain white plates leftover from a previous project that I thought would be perfect to put some fun Halloween designs on. With a quick Google image search of a crow outline and a rat outline, I printed out my favorite images sized to fit the center of the plate. I cut out the design and then taped it to the center of the plate.IMG_2905 IMG_2907

Next, using the color I wanted the design to be I traced around it. If you are nervous about making a mistake or unsure what the design will look like you can use a lighter color to trace around it because it will fade off in the oven and it is easier to cover up with a darker color. After I outlined the image cutout, I colored it in.

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To preserve the design, these plates are best washed using a non-abrasive sponge, and I would definitely recommend not putting them in the dishwasher.

Although there seems to be some mixed reviews on this craft, it seems to have worked great for me both times I did it. Plus, for a Halloween or Holiday craft perhaps you don’t necessarily need the design to be permanent. Plus you can always re-draw over your design and bake it again to touch it up if you have to.

IMG_2839This craft is super easy and does not involve very many supplies. It will add a fun and spooky element to your Halloween. Plus, you can display them a number of different ways. You could put the food you are serving on them or simply hang them up on the wall. Get creative!

Comment with what designs you tried and let us know how it worked out!

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Halloween Snack Tags

IMG_2837Happy October everybody!
Now that it is October, I feel like it is an appropriate time to start bombarding this blog with everything we have been working on for Halloween this year. We are planning on having a small Halloween party at our house with some of our friends, and so have been busy little bees gathering supplies, planning, and crafting everything Halloween. And now that it is October, we will start sharing some of the things we have been working on with you in case you wanted to join us!

IMG_2824This first craft, as you can see, is similar to our clothespin DIY. However instead of using washi tape (which you can definitely do as well), we decided to paint the clothespins some fun Halloween colors.First we painted the clothespins whatever base color we wanted (white, silver, or green) then once that completely dried, we taped off stripes using painters tape and then painted the rest black. Again, let dry completely and then peel off to reveal some fun stripes! Make sure you press the tape down tightly because otherwise the paint will creep underneath and mess up your straight lines.IMG_2809 IMG_2819

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Once the clothespin is done, you can create a name tag for the food or drink you plan on serving at your Halloween party. This is when you turn to your friends or family members to help generate some spooky names for common foods. My mom and I always love a good word game, so we texted back and forth several different possible names one could give popcorn. I decided to go with Bat Brains, but here are some of the other names we came up with: toad warts, Frankenstein teeth, Goblin blobs, Ogre toenails. After I got sidetracked coming up with gory names for popcorn, I then stamped out what I wanted my place card to say on some orange paper. IMG_2804IMG_2827IMG_2825Now all you have to do is stick the paper in the clothespin and display it next to the food or drink you are serving! Easy as pumpkin pie.IMG_2855 IMG_2846 IMG_2853

We have been busy creating all sorts of Halloween goodies to display for our party. Check back shortly for some more of the ideas pictured on this table! Comment with any creepy names for food and drinks you come up with and maybe we’ll use some of them!

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