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Crafts Family Fun Halloween Holiday

Halloween Fun: Tricks and Treats

I love celebrating Halloween with my kids. Both of my kids do not enjoy being spooked with scary masks or things that go bump in the night, but rather they enjoy the more whimsical side of Halloween. This year, we were especially lucky that my editor at DIY Network had kid-friendly Halloween crafts in mind and our friends at Shari’s Berries sent along a treat to top off our day of crafting. It was a fun day filled with tricks and treats.

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Garden Path: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

pumpkin lanterns

It’s hard to believe that Halloween will be here in just about two weeks! Where has this year gone? A few weeks ago when I was hanging out at our local craft store looking for inspiration, I discovered that all the metal gardening hooks and planters were on sale for fifty percent off. Of course, I love a good bargain and I scooped up a few of these darling miniature shepherd’s hooks. Surely, they were versatile for use in my crafting adventures and also in the garden. In my mind, I had conjured up the most darling craft, pumpkin lanterns.

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Black Widow Lamps

I know it’s early for fall decorating, but I have been busy working with HGTV Gardens on some Halloween crafts. Today, I’m sharing with you these creepy black widow lace covered lamps complete with spiders and webs! I surrounded the vases with spiny succulents from my garden. These lamps were great fun to make and are a great way to recycle old florist vases that we all save for rainy day projects.
I found this delicate lace at the local fabric store. It reminded my of the olden day photos, when widows would dress in black for days on end after the loss of their husbands. I think at one point I even remember someone wearing this type of lace on some t.v. shows that I watched in the 70’s and 80’s. I know for sure this type of lace can be found in the Haunted House in Disneyland, so that made it just perfect for this craft!
For the hurricane lamps, I journeyed over to the thrift store and got super lucky. For $5 a piece I was able to pick up these  two beauties, blank canvases in my mind, ready to be transformed into black widow lamps.
You can find all the directions over on HGTV Gardens.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest


Crafts Family Fun Halloween Holiday

Create a Raven Nest Candy Dish


This is my latest creation for HGTV.  I was inspired by nature and the kids just love taking chocolate candy eye balls from under the raven’s watch.  This nest was created from found items in the woods and a trip to the dollar store.  Click here to make a raven’s nest of your own for around $20.  Just in time for Halloween.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest