Sunday, October 24, 2010

project: tea cup candles

Check out these adorable candles made from thrift store tea cups.  They are adorable, very thrifty and a great way to upcycle your old cups and mugs.  I loveee it!  You can find the full tutorial here at the Pie Bird Blog.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

upcycling: toilet paper rolls

While searching the web today I found a bunch of great ways to upcycle a little old toilet paper roll... who knew?

Check out this amazing wall art from

How about this idea for an extension cord holder from  What an ingenious idea this is!  I love it!

And Martha Stewart is at it again with these fabulous Yule Log Favor Boxes.  How cute would these be at your Christmas party this year?!?

Mayamade has a tutorial for both of these adorable countdown calendars on her site.  I am definitely making one of these for Christmas!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

project: dollar store halloween cloche

I can't remember where I saw this awesome project but I had to do it because I definitely need this for my Halloween mantle!

Things Needed

Glass Vase
Candle Holder
Spray Paint

hallowen cloche

1.  Clean your vase and dry your vase.  Remove any stickers from candle holder.

2.  Spray paint candle holder black and let dry.

hallowen cloche
3.  Glue knob to the bottom of the glass vase.

hallowen cloche

And that's it!  Pretty simple right?!?  Cost me $2!  $1 for the vase and $1 for the candle holder.  I had the glue, knob, spray paint and misc. Dollar Store Halloween decorations on hand!

Here a few ideas I played around with for mine...

hallowen cloche

hallowen cloche

hallowen cloche

I still haven't decided exactly what I am going to do with it!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

project: tin can luminaries

Things Needed:

Empty vegetable or soup cans, cleaned out and labels removed

Halloween clip art
Spray paint


1.  Begin by filling the cans up to the top with water, then place them in the freezer until the water is frozen solid.  This will allow you to hammer a nail into the side of the can without the can denting.  The bottom of your cans might bulge out but don't worry, you can hammer them flat after you are done with your design and the ice has meted.


2.  Next, get your designs and or clip art ready.  I traced some Halloween cookie cutters for mine.  Cut a square around your templates, place on the can and tape into place. If you would like to use my templates click here


3.  Begin to make the tin can luminaries by using a nail and hammer to punch out the design.  Start at one end of the pattern and place the nail along the line.  Gently pound the nail in with a hammer.  The nail will go through the can into the ice.  Continue working around the pattern until the design is punched out.

4.  Run your can under hot water to melt the ice and then dry the can completely.  If the bottoms of your tin cans bulged during freezing now would be the time to put a towel over the bulge and hammer it back into place.


5.  Next, spray paint your cans inside and out.  Protect your work surface with newspapers and use good ventilation.


6.  When your cans have dried you are ready to illuminate, add a little sand to weigh them down and add a tea light candle.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

upcycling: plastic bottles

Check out this awesome upcycling project from!  Turn your empty soad bottles into a cute purse... love it! 

Here is another great way to upcycle your empty water bottles.  Check out the tutorial here and turn those water bottles into this beautiful vase.

This is a great one for the upcoming holiday.  Upcycle your empty soda bottles into pumpkin luminaries.  Check out the tutorial from favecrafts,com.

Friday, October 15, 2010

follow me friday blog hops:

So, I had so much fun with the Wednesday blog hops that I thought would join along for follow me Friday!
Here we go!

Smart and Trendy Moms
Let's Just Give It Away

Monday, October 11, 2010

organic halloween make-up:

Check out this organic Halloween make-up!  Perfect for babies and kids!

fabulously frugal halloween decor:

This year my family and I moved from a two bedroom townhouse to a four bedroom single family home.  When I pulled out my Halloween decorations I realized they looked pretty lonely in our newly expanded living space.  Since we do not have much extra money and we are really trying hard to embrace a more frugal lifestyle I have been searching the web for some frugal ways to decorate our new home.  Here are some great projects I found in Blogland that won't break the bank.  Most are made with items you can find at your local Dollar Store!

Check out this spooky Spider Wreath from Sour Kraut Krafts.  It is super easy to make and costs about $3!

This witches curtain from Martha Stewart is made with nothing more than black trash bags.  I think this is just amazing and very creepy!

These Tin Can Luminaries from Better Homes and Gardens can be easily made with items you have on hand.  I don't know about you but I always save my tin cans from soup or veggies.  You all know I love to upcycle!

Check out these Coffee Filter Spider Webs from  They can also be cut in half and used as a garland.  A pack of coffee filters is about $1 in my neck of the woods.  You could do your whole house for that price!!!

Here is another one from Better Homes and Gardens. You can download the patterns free for these Spooky Silhouettes and put them in some Dollar Store frames for a fast, easy and fabulously frugal Halloween decoration!

Here is another frugal decor find... the Bloody Candle from

Stay tuned for more fabulously frugal Halloween decor from Blogland as well as a few projects I have come up with on my own!

upcycling: glass jars

Check out this awesome tutorial at Gingerbreads Snowflakes for upcycling your old kitchen jars into these pretty colored glasses.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

inspiration: costumes

10 HOT Halloween costumes for 2010

Disguise Costumes Women's Alice - Movie Poster Deluxe (Movie),Multi,S (4-6)

Disney Mad Hatter Costume for Adults
The Mad Hatter

Rubie?s Costume Co Lady Gaga Black Sequin Dress,Black/Silver,Standard
Lady Gaga

Rubie?s Costume Co Jersey Shore Leopard Snooki Dress, Leopard, Standard

Rubie?s Costume Co Jersey Shore The Situation Flesh Shirt With Tattoos, Tan, Large
The Situation

Rubie?s Costume Co Avatar Neytiri Deluxe Wig, Black, One Size

Rubie?s Costume Co Avatar Jake Sully Wig, Black, One Size
Jake Sully

Super Mario Bros Deluxe Mario Costume Child Medium Size 8-10

Rubie?s Costume Co Super Mario Brothers Deluxe Luigi Costume, Red, Plus

Thor Classic Adult Halloween Costume (Standard)

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