DIY Dead Rose Wreath

Make a Dead Rose Wreath out of items from the dollar store to display this Halloween!

DIY Dead Rose Wreath made with dollar store supplies



DIY Dead Rose Wreath made with dollar store supplies

Here's what you'll need to make this Dead Rose Wreath:
• 8" Foam Wreath Form
• 3-4 Black Rose Bunches
• Black or Gray Ribbon
• Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

DIY Dead Rose Wreath made with dollar store supplies

Foam wreaths are awesome for projects like this, but the hot glue can melt the foam if you add something directly to it. So first you need to cover the wreath with some ribbon. It doesn't matter what kind or color, but I usually go with a wide ribbon in a coordinating color. Add a glob of hot glue to the wreath and attach one end of the ribbon to the wreath form. Wrap the ribbon all the way around the wreath so you don't see any foam showing. Glue the other end of the ribbon down.

DIY Dead Rose Wreath made with dollar store supplies

Cut the flowers from the stem using some wire cutters. If your stems don't have wire, you can use regular craft scissors. I also cut off the leaves from the stems. Add some glue to the bottom of a rose and place it down on the front of the wreath. Next I would place another rose right next to it (without glue) to see where it looked/fit best. Then add some glue and stick it down. Repeat until the wreath is covered and looks how you want it. For any empty spaces or in places that need a little something extra, I stuck leaves down and in between the flowers.  

The best part about making a wreath for Halloween? You don't have to worry about removing all of those glue gun strings! They will look like cobwebs tangled between all of the dead roses, lace and leaves. 

DIY Dead Rose Wreath made with dollar store supplies

Hang the wreath up to decorate your home, office, or favorite space for Halloween. I hope this tutorial has left you feeling inspired to make on for yourself. The wreath is spookily beautiful for only spending about $5 for everything!

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Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea

Surprise your friends with this Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea and Free Printable Gift Tag!

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

Why play tricks when you can share treats this Halloween? I love putting together gifts at Halloween time for people we're close to. They don't have to be big or fancy! This year is the 5th Annual Popcorn Box Party, and it's all about telling your favorite teachers, friends, and co-workers to "Treat Yo' Self" with a box full of spookily-awesome surprises! 

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

To make this gift, the first thing you'll need is a box to put your goodies in. It might not look the part right now, but this World Market Popcorn Box is a unique and fun way to package up some treats for a Halloween gift. All it needs is a little paint and a touch of sparkle!!

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

To completely cover up the red and white stripes, I added 2-3 of coats of gold spray paint to both sides of the box while it was still folded flat. Each coat of paint needs dry completely before you add another one. Because you can never have enough sparkle, I added some gold FloraCraft Spray Glitter once the spray paint had dried.

*If you choose to use spray paint, keep in mind that any food that is added to the box MUST be packaged. Using acrylic paints or paper to cover the box would make a better food-safe option.

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

Next, I cut a piece of black and white polka dot ribbon to fit the popcorn box vertically. Carefully burn the ends of the ribbon with a lighter so that the ribbon won't fray. You'll also need some Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue. It's one of my favorite clear craft glues that dries quickly and sticks perfectly every time.

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

Add a small amount of glue along the back of the ribbon. Fold one end of the ribbon over the top of the popcorn box and hold it in place. Center the ribbon down the popcorn box and stick the other end to the bottom of the box. Use a clothespin to hold the end of the ribbon in place while it dries.

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

Print out the Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Tag on cardstock and cut it out with a 2" circle punch or use some scissors.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, school, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

To stick the tag onto the popcorn box, you'll need some glue or tape. I really love using Aleene’s Instant Tacky Double-Sided Adhesive Roller for projects like this because it holds strong and is easy to use (not sponsored - I really do love it!).

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

Center the tag on the front of the popcorn box over the ribbon.  Press it down well and hold in place until the tag adheres to the box.

Halloween Trick or Treat Yo' Self Gift Idea #PopcornBoxParty2017

Fill the box with some green shredded crinkle paper and add some goodies that are "Treat Yo' Self" worthy. I added some nail polish, Udderly Smooth hand cream, lip balm, some Halloween surprises from Oriental Trading, and more! Now the gift is ready to share with your favorite friends, teachers, or whoever might need a little treat in their lives!
Since this is a Popcorn Box Party, here are the rest of the awesome projects other talented bloggers created using the same popcorn box that I used in my project! You can also check out more ideas on social media using the hashtag #PopcornBoxParty2017


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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #157

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope your week has been fantastic. I love these parties and am looking forward to seeing what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
DIY Skull Candleholder by Rain on a Tin Roof
Crockpot Creamy Chicken Noodles by Housewife Ho-Tos
Easy Fabric Pumpkins by I Should Be Mopping the Floors
Caramel Apple Cupcakes by Pretty Extraordinary
Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cream Cheese Cookies by This Gal Cooks
Sweater Pumpkins by Interior Frugalista
Slow Cooker White Bean Turkey Chili by Hello Nature
Halloween Pumpkin Face Kiss Label Printable by Everyday Parties

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Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack

Have Halloween fun at home or in the classroom with this Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack for kids!

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack

Halloween is "creeping" up on us, so I decided to put together a printable activity pack to help with planning parties at home and in the classroom that kids are going to have a lot of fun coloring, solving, and getting them in the Halloween mood. Halloween also seems to be a crazy day at school, so hopefully this can help some of you teachers out there keep the kids entertained throughout the day!

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack - Halloween Charades

First in the pack is a Halloween Charades game. Charades is a fun way for kids to practice some Halloween vocabulary words and act out different characters. Cut out the 20 Halloween word strips and fold them up. Put them in a bowl or hat. Choose a word, but don't show anyone else! Set a timer and one player silently act out clues for their team to guess the word or character. Alternate teams until all of the words have been guessed. The team with the most correct guesses wins!

To play in the classroom, you can divide the class in half and play a large game. It would also be a great 5-minute activity if you do rotations of smaller groups during a Halloween party.

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack - Halloween Crossword Puzzle

The next activity page is a Halloween Crossword Puzzle! This is a fun way for kids to learn some Halloween vocabulary and to practice handwriting. There are clues listed for 20 Halloween words to fit in the numbered squares.

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack - Halloween Scattergories

Halloween Scattergories is a really fun way to get your brain warmed up! Choose a letter of the alphabet, then do your best to answer each question. The twist is that all answers must begin with the chosen letter! For example, if the letter you chose was "B" you could answer "Basketball" for Something Orange.

To make the game more challenging, set a timer for one minute (or more) and answer as many as you can. The one with the most answers wins!

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack - Halloween Word Scramble

The Halloween Word Scramble is two puzzles in one! First, you need to unscramble the Halloween words and write them into the adjacent squares. Then, take the letters that end up in the circled spaces and unscramble those to read a Halloween message by filling in the empty spaces at the bottom.

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack - Halloween Word Search

Kids love word searches, and this Halloween Word Search is no exception! There are 30 Halloween words and characters to hidden horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and backward in this tricky puzzle!

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack - Halloween Maze

Help the zombie find his way to the delicious (and adorable) brain in this Halloween Maze! Kids will love coloring the images as well as finding their way through the maze.

Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack

(Single PDF file includes six black & white Halloween activity pages)

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, school, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #156

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've all had a fantastic week. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Apple Pie Cinnamon Cocktail by Cooking on the Front Burners
"Give Thanks" Pumpkin Pie Garland by White House Crafts
Apple Crisp Bars by Simply Stacie
Easy DIY Halloween Luminaries by Crafty Lumberjacks
Biohazard Candy Tag Halloween Printable by Everyday Parties
White Chocolate Cookie Butter Popcorn by Sugar, Spice and Family Life
Candy Corn Countdown by Giggles Galore
Pumpkin Paleo Waffles with Pumpkin Spice Cream Sauce by Food Faith Fitness

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Zombie Punch Recipe

This Zombie Punch recipe served in a Zombie Mug is sponsored by As You Wish Pottery.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

Painting pottery projects at As You Wish has become a new favorite hobby of mine. This Zombie Mug was especially a fun one for me to paint since I am a bit of a zombie nerd and love watching zombie movies and television shows. Making this Zombie Punch for Halloween is delicious and so easy - you could almost say it's a no-brainer!

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

As soon as I saw this zombie mug on the shelf, I knew it needed to come home with me! I love all of the little details: like holding his own arm up to form the mug handle, and how the zombie is attempting to smile.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

Creating custom projects at As You Wish couldn't be easier. All you have to do is show up, choose a piece of pottery and get painting. If you ever need painting tips or inspiration, the staff is there to help you. You also won't need to bring anything to the studio except your creativity! The paints, brushes, and anything else you need are included the studio fee.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

Painting pottery is so relaxing to me. You can work at your own pace, and are free to make your project your own. I mixed a few shades of green for the zombie's skin, and made the inside of the mug a little more "zombified".

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

After a few days, my zombie mug was ready to be picked up. I am so thrilled with how it turned out, and am so excited to use it throughout the Halloween season and beyond. No matter who paints the project, each mug will come out with its own unique look.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

Like I mentioned before, I added a bit of a zombie theme to the inside of the mug as well! I used two shades of red: one more of a bright red for the base, then I dripped a darker red along the rim to run down the inside of the mug.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

Zombie Punch can be made in single servings by mixing it up in a glass or Zombie Mug. You can also mix up an entire batch in a punch bowl for serving a crowd.

For a single serving: Add a 3-4 scoops of raspberry sherbet into a glass. Slowly pour some red soda (we used Strawberry Fanta) into the glass over the sherbet. It will foam up, so don't fill the glass to the top immediately.

In a punch bowl: Empty the entire container of sherbet into a large punch bowl, a scoop at a time. Pour in 1 liter of red soda (any kind). Stir gently and serve immediately.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

The sherbet will float to the top. You can enjoy immediately, or wait a few minutes to stir and it will become more frothy and have a smoothie or milkshake consistency.

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

See what I mean about it foaming? It makes a mess, but it sure looks cool overflowing out of a zombie's head!! 

Easy Zombie Punch recipe for Halloween served in a custom-painted Zombie Mug from As You Wish Pottery!

MMM...BRAAAIIINNNSSS.... It's looks just gross enough, but still tastes great and is a fun recipe that will be a hit on Halloween!

For those of you near As You Wish locations in Utah, Arizona and California, don’t forget to check out all the upcoming painting classes or plan your next birthday party!

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Cricut Maker "I Arted" Canvas Sign

This "I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects that you can make with the Cricut Maker!

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

The Cricut Maker is the newest cutting machine to the Cricut family. I have been using mine for a little over a month now, and am absolutely astounded by everything it can do. I'm currently working on my craft room, and looking for inspiration when I was invited to join fellow Cricut bloggers to feature the 50 FREE projects that can be made with the Maker. As soon as I saw this "I Arted" design, I knew it was meant to be in my craft room.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

This design is a Make It Now project found in Design Space titled the "I Arted" Tote Bag. When you click on the project image, you can find step-by-step directions and a product list so you get an idea of what you're going to be working on beforehand. If you want to make the project according to the instructions, just click "Make It Now". 

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Instead of making a tote bag, I wanted to use the design to create a work of "art" for my craft room. To adjust the design to fit a 12x12 canvas, click "Customize" instead of "Make It Now". Keep the design grouped, and change the size so that the width is 11". You can also adjust the colors of the art supplies image or the text by clicking on the circles of color in the menu on right. This will mainly help you to remember which vinyl you want to use and to get a preview of what your project will look like.

Click "Make It" in the top right corner to get cutting!

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

To make this "I Arted" Canvas Sign, you'll need:


Before cutting, make sure you click on the boxes below each mat so that they will be mirrored! This means the images will flip horizontally so that they will be cut backwards. This is essential for whenever you cut iron-on vinyl. If you don't mirror, your vinyl will end up backwards in your final project.

You will also be directed to choose which type of vinyl you are cutting (foil, glitter, lite, etc) so that the Maker will calibrate to cut it perfectly the first time.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Iron-On Vinyl is made up of two parts: the iron-on vinyl, which will be what is ironed on to your project. One side is the pretty side that you will see on your project. The opposite side is more matte because it has a heat-activated adhesive so that it will stick to whatever you iron it on to. The other part is the liner. The liner is a clear carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that is sticky to hold the design in place and also protects the vinyl from the heat during application.

Place the vinyl you want to use for each cut on the mat face down/liner down. This is why you need to mirror the images before cutting. Load the mat into the machine by pressing the arrow button, and then press the button with the Cricut image to begin cutting the vinyl.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

After the vinyl has been cut, it's time to "weed" it! Probably the most tedious part of the entire project, but I'll admit that I actually enjoy doing it. If you're new to the vinyl scene, "weeding" is when you are removing the vinyl from the design that you won't be using. I start at one corner and slowly peel the "background" vinyl away from the art supply images.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

I use the Weeder Tool to help remove smaller pieces that need to be removed, such as the insides if letters. Use the sharp end of the hook to help lift out those tiny pieces without disturbing any of the vinyl around it. If you are going to be working with vinyl a lot, this tool is definitely an essential.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Lay the vinyl with the art supplies down on the canvas with the liner on top. Press it down with your hands so that the tacky liner sticks to the canvas to keep the vinyl in place. 

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

To get iron-on vinyl to stick, you need heat. The Cricut Easy Press is a cross between an iron and a heat press. What makes it different than the two is that the Easy Press distributes consistent temperature across its 9" x 9" plate. This compact piece of equipment heats up quickly and is easy to use!

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

The Easy Press comes with a manual with all of the settings for different iron-on vinyls. Plug the Easy Press in and power it up. Adjust the temperature and timer settings using the buttons. When it has completely heated up, the Easy Press will beep and the Cricut logo will change from red to green.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Lift the Easy Press out of its base and set it down over the vinyl. Press the green Cricut button to start the timer, and add pressure while you hold the Easy Press in place. When the timer goes off, move it over to another section of vinyl. Repeat until the entire vinyl design has been attached to the canvas.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Carefully lift one corner of the liner. If the vinyl isn't completely stuck to the canvas, lay the liner back down and repeat the process with the Easy Press or an iron. If it looks like it's sticking well, keep peeling the liner up slowly until it is completely removed.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Lay down the "I Arted" piece of vinyl and iron it in place. Carefully peel up the liner or re-iron as necessary until the vinyl stays in place.

"I Arted" Canvas Sign is one of 50 FREE projects made with the Cricut Maker machine! #CricutMade

Now you can hang up your new piece of "art" on a wall or display on an easel. I absolutely love the look of the foil and glitter vinyls together and how they change a little bit with the way the light hits. Plus, the phrase "I arted" is a great excuse for why my craft room looks the way it does!!

Check out the rest of the 49 FREE projects other bloggers have made with their Cricut Makers by clicking on the images below!


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Which of the 50 Cricut Maker projects is your favorite?

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