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Spooky Decor: Halloween Decoration DIY

It is September, and for many that means back-to-school routine, cooler weather, and shorter days. In our house, it means Halloween prep. We have already established that I love holidays. I decorate for Halloween and Christmas WAY before I should. It bother’s some people. I like to do it because ti brings me joy, it brings my family joy, and when people see it they are joyful too. We could use a little more joy in this world!

So do not be upset when I tell you I am already decorated for Halloween, and my kids already have their costumes. I am by no means an over achiever. I just enjoy certain things in life, and Halloween is one of them. So I have a fun and frugal Halloween decor idea for you to try. This year we created a Vampire Welcome Mat for our front door. Thank you to Megan Andersen at Creative Live for the fangtastic idea….. I kid.

What you will need:

– Jute doormat with rubber skid on the bottom (10$ at Home Depot)
– Pencil
– Box cutter or cutting blade
– Cutting mat
– Sharpie in pink, yellow or any other medium-light color
– Acrylic paint in white or unbleached titanium, black, and red
– Medium and small sized paint brushes
– Small paper plate

All of this is fun and simple stuff, much of it we already had. Thanks to Megan I now have a really cool and unique welcome mat for the front door this Halloween. The kids and their friends have already started commenting on how cool it is. I so rarely get to be the cool mom, so I enjoy getting these kudos at Halloween. After all, holidays are the times when parents get to be kids too!

Star Wars Legos: DIY Classic Bricks

Legos are everywhere at my house. Themed ones, classic ones, it doesn’t matter. They take up a lot of space! But we love them — so I try to let that go.

My kids always want the next big thing in Legos. Usually they want whatever is popular at the time. We have Harry Potter, Avengers, Batman, and Star Wars. I love that they love to build them, and play with them constantly. It really is not a waste at all. It does however get costly. This month my kids wanted the new X-wing Lego for Star Wars, but it just wasn’t in the budget. Instead I did a little googling and found this awesome DIY X-Wing from classic bricks. We have several boxes of classic bricks (for you non-Lego parents those are plain bricks with no theme) just sitting in the bin. So why not use them to create our own X-wing?

I found this super cool YouTube channel called Bricksir. I subscribed, because Legos, but you don’t have to in order to watch. Then I brought my kids in to watch the videos. All of the videos detail how to build incredible figurines, popular characters, cars, etc. from classic bricks.

My kids spent HOURS on the channel building incredible items. The instructions are simple to follow and help your kids along the way. It is very similar to the books that come with Legos as far as instructions go. So kids that can follow the build instructions in paper form should be just fine with the YouTube video.  It was a lot of fun watching them build, and it is nice to know I have more ideas for them for future builds right at my fingertips.

 

Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we all love our Moms so why not make them a little something special to remind them how much we love them. So Moms look away, Dads, kids, grandparents, and spouses pay attention!

Mom Secret Stash: All Moms have a favorite snack, and by favorite we mean they do not like to share it with ANYONE. For me its chocolate. After a long day of “mommying” it up I want to hide with a small sweet morsel and unwind. However, it can be hard to keep those sweets out of my little ones hands. So this year why not make Mom a little secret stash of all of her favorites. It is a sweet idea with not a lot or hard work. Trust me, Mom will appreciate it.

365 Reasons We Love Mom: This fun little idea is actually available at Big DIY Ideas. It is so simple, it is not expensive, does not require a great crafting ability, and all of the kids can help, even the littlest ones. It is a gift that Mom will cherish forever. Moms love those sappy mother’s day gifts, and what is sappier than a jar full of all the reasons why we love her?

DIY Succulent Rock Garden: I LOVE succulents. I Love plants. But, I have a black thumb. My kids know this, and have started to buy me only succulents, but I have even on occasion killed the succulents. This adorable little succulent would survive even at my house! It is made form rocks. Your kids can design and paint their very own succulents and design you the prettiest flower pot ever. Best part? It never needs to be watered!