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Easy Halloween Treat Bags | Freebie

October 29, 2013  |  Party Ideas  |  2 Comments

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Need a last minute Halloween treat bag idea. This one is easy to pull together and uses supplies you probably already have on hand plus a free download.

{Step ONE} Cutting it out

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  1. Download and print the Easy Halloween Treat Bags freebie on 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. I printed mine on Bazzill criss cross textured cardstock in cream puff, but you could also use plain white cardstock.
  2. Cut two 4″ x 11″ strips from the printed cardstock.
  3. Then cut two strips the width of your bag from each of those. Continue printing/cutting until you have as many rectangles as needed. I used glassine bags that measure 4.5″ x 7″ ,so I cut my rectangles 4″ x 4.5″. You could use whatever size bag is appropriate for what you plan to fill it with. You could also use brown paper lunch bags or zip lock sandwich/snack bags. 
  4. Use a bone folder and straight edge to score down the horizontal centre of each rectangle.
  5. Fold the rectangles in half along the score line, creating the toppers. Once folded, your toppers will measure 2″ x however wide your bag is.
  6. I then used decorative scissors to cut a zig zag edge along the front and back of each the topper.
  7. Use a 2.5″ circle craft punch to punch out as many happy halloween circles as needed.

{Step TWO} Putting it together

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  1. Stuff the bags with treats.
  2. Top the bag with the folded toppers and using a sewing machine with black thread, straight stitch the topper to the bag. Make sure you end about a third of the way in from the right side, leaving a long thread.
  3. Trim all threads, except the front thread that is a third of the way in.
  4. Then, using a zig zag stitch, stitch the happy halloween circle on top.
  5. Tie a plastic spider to the front thread, trimming as needed.

Now if I could only stop eating the candy.
Hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween Mini Banner | Freebie

October 25, 2013  |  DIY  |  No Comments

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Mini banners are adorable. Being mini does that. They are a little more low-key than larger banners or garlands, so they can be hung pretty much anytime without screaming holiday or party. Just a life is awesome kind of thing.

They can also be hung in a ton of places. On the front door, on a headboard, on the back of the guest of honor’s chair (or maybe the person’s chair who set the table, walked the dog or did great on their math test). If made long, they can be a garland. If made short, they can top a cake. I like to hang them above or even on, picture frames and mirrors.

So, with Halloween just around the corner I thought a treat was in order. You can download the free Halloween Mini Banner here, so you can get one of these cuties hung before those trick-or-treater’s start knocking on your door.

 

To make the Halloween Mini Banner

Supplies:
Free Halloween Mini Banner printable
Cardstock
Bone folder
Straight edge/ruler
Paper cutting tools
Double sided tape
String or twine
Washi tape

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1. Download and print the Halloween Mini Banner on a sheet of 81/2″ x 11″ cardstock. I used an off white cardstock from Bazzill (Criss Cross Texture in Cream Puff).

2. Using a straight edge and a bone folder, score the banner flags along the center guideline as shown above.

 

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3. Use the outer edge guidelines to cut out the flags first into strips and then into individual flags.

 

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4. Fold the flags in half, along the scored line.

 

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5. Hang the flags over the twine.

 

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6. Use a piece of double sided tape to hold the two sides together.

 

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7. Continue along with the rest of the flags.

 

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8. Hang with washi tape. I tied knots at each end of the string so it would not slip out of the tape.

It’s a happier Halloween already.

Decorating for Halloween with my Silhouette

October 23, 2013  |  DIY  |  No Comments

We have been decorating for Halloween the last few days and my Silhouette Cameo has done the bulk of the work. Now, most of these project can also be done by hand and would have a wonderfully crafty look to them if they were, but in this case I opted for fast and finished.

For all the projects I used my Silhouette Cameo, black cardstock, my sewing machine with black thread and some tape for hanging (washi tape for the garlands, painters tape for the bats).

 

Project One – Bats on the Wall

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These bats on the wall make such a huge impact for such little effort. I saw them popping up on Pinterest last Halloween but it just didn’t happen on my wall. I was determined to do it this year. Some of the pins on Pinterest have templates you can hand cut if you want to go that route. I hung about 70 bats so I used a bat design from the Silhouette store.

I only used one bat shape, you could certainly use more than one, but I simple cut full sheets of  different sizes of that one design. I used 4 different sizes in all. Then I used painters tape to attach them to the wall.

 

Project Two – +++ Garland

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Again, I let my Silhouette do all the work here. I made a + sign using two straight lines that were 2 inches long and intersected  perpendicularly at their centres with the following settings:

  • line style: straight
  • line thickness: 50pt
  • corner style: corner
  • end capstyle: flat

Then, I used a zig zag stitch to sew them all together, leaving about 5 stitches worth of spacing between. You can leave as much or as little space as you want.

 

Project Three – Boo Garland

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In the Silhouette software I typed out the word BOO. I used a font called Chunk Five at 100 points. Then I replicated it to fill the 12″x12″ area and cut it out of a black sheet of cardstock. I used a straight stitch to sew through the tops of the letters, making sure they were facing the same direction and were right side up, that’s the voice of experience talking folks. I wanted to leave a lot of space between the words so that each word was very distinctive and because i like the spider webbishness of the black thread. The trick here is you have to hold onto the thread each time you start a new word, so that the thread doesn’t jam up.

How is your Halloween decorating coming?

Welcome Home | Hanging Letter Confetti Garland DIY

October 18, 2013  |  DIY  |  No Comments

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This past weekend my son came home for the first time since starting university in September. We were all really excited to have him back for a few days, so I thought it would be fun to make him a welcome home garland to, well, welcome him home.

I have been wanting to make a hanging letter garland for some time now and thought this would be a perfect opportunity. And what’s a celebration without a little confetti?

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Baker’s twine (or thin string)
  • Scotch tape
  • Circle paper punches (1″, 3/4″ & 1/2″)
  • Sewing machine & thread

{Step ONE} Hanging Letter Garland

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1.  Print the word/words for your garland on printer paper. I used a font called League Gothic at 575 points (it printed out just under 6″ tall). I printed my letters out in light grey to save on printer ink, but this is just a template, so the colour really doesn’t matter.

2.  Cut the template letters apart (this just makes them easier to handle). Then, while holding the letter template in place on top of the cardstock, cut out each letter. Because my letters were just under 6″ tall, I was able to cut my 12″x12″ cardstock in half, creating two strips that were 6″x12″ from each sheet (I ended up using 2 sheets of 12″x12″ Bazaill Criss Cross textured cardstock in Kisses for the letters).

3. Continue cutting until all the letters are cut out. Achieving perfection was not my goal here. These are not meant to be perfect. You could even forget the template altogether and cut the letters out freehand, if you wanted.

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4. Line up all the letters, spacing them as you would on the garland. Cut a length of baker’s twine , long enough to hang the letters, plus a generous amount at either end for hanging. I put each word on a separate length of twine creating two garlands, one for “welcome” and one for “home”.

5. To attach the letters to the baker’s twine, stick tape to the back of the letter, so that it sticks up over the top edge.

6. Then, place another piece of tape over the first piece of tape (were it sticks up above the letter), sticky sides together.

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7. Fold the tape over the baker’s twine and stick to the back of the letter, making sure the tape doesn’t show at the front.

8. Continue along until all the letters are attached to the twine.

 

{Step TWO} Making the Confetti Garlands

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1. Punch circles out of cardstock and/or patterned paper, using different sizes of circle craft punches. I used the scrap cardstock from the letters I cut above, and two patterned papers (both from the Hello Fall Printable Party Collection in the shop). I ended up using about 40 small circles (1/2″), 20 medium circles (3/4″) and 10 large circles (1″) in varying amounts of the three papers.

2. Sew the circles together. To start, pull a generous amount of thread and hold on to it while you sew right through the centre of the first circle.

3. Make a few stitches without any paper, before stitching through the center of the next circle. The goal here is randomness. Random patterns, random sizes, random spaces between. Like the confetti landed in a random way.

4. Once the confetti garland is the length you want, tie off the bottom, but leave the top threads long (this is how you will attach the confetti garland to the hanging word garland). I made 9 confetti strands between 10″-20″ long.

 

{Step THREE} Attach the Confetti Garlands

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1. Layout the letter garland, then arrange the confetti garlands so they are hanging down between the letters. I played around with mine a bit until I was happy with the placement. I even trimmed a few to adjust the length (randomly).

2. Using the lengths of thread at the top of each confetti garland, tie them in place to the baker’s twine. I only hung confetti garlands from the “welcome” garland, letting them hang down over the “home” garland which I hung below.

You can create this garland using any font/words that you like, or if you want here’s a free download for the Welcome Home template that I used.  And, since Thanksgiving is in the air, here’s a free download for a Thanks template too.