Garlands are always fun and easy way to get festive for any holiday. They can be made with simple things you might already have lying around the house, or things that could easily be found at the dollar store. I found a pack of orange balloons and green tissue paper, and put together this pumpkin garland. To add a little more spook, I added a jack-o-lantern face on the balloons. The kids and I plan on throwing a pumpkin carving party, so we will be using our pumpkin jack-o-lantern garland to decorate!
Pumpkin Balloon Garland DIY
Total time: 20 minutes
Green tissue paper
Green curling ribbon
1. Cut out pumpkin leaves from the green tissue paper, about 1-2 per balloon.
2. Cut out 10″-12″ strands of curling ribbon.
3. Blow up various sizes of balloons.
4. Tie the ribbon to the balloon knot and glue on pumpkin leaves. Curl the ribbon.
5. Cut out a 4′-5′ strand of ribbon and tie the balloons on. Glue on more pumpkin leaves on the string between each balloon.
6. Cut out a jack-o-lantern face from black tape and place on some balloons.
Halloween is all about about tricks and treats, and this pumpkin surprise ball is definitely a trick-or-treat. Make one for a gift or a bunch for a Halloween party. Put in some creepy trinkets, as well as some sweet treats, and children will love unrolling it to uncover what’s hidden inside.
Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern Surprise Ball DIY
Total time: 30 minutes
Crepe paper streamers, orange and brown
Black construction paper
1. Start with something ball shaped in the center and wrap with crepe paper until completely covered. Wrap the item completely before moving onto the next object.
2. Continue to wrap the remaining trinkets, with largest items getting wrapped first, and leaving smaller items to be wrapped last. As you wrap each item, shift the angle of the streamer, so that you overlap each layer little by little. Continue to wrap each one, pulling tightly (but gently) at the streamer, so that it is is taut and smooth, and the trinket stays in place. You’ll want a pumpkin shape, so be mindful of how your ball is being shaped as you wrap.
3. Once you wrapped your last object, cut the streamer and glue in place.
4. Cut out a tiny jack-o-lantern face from your black construction paper and glue onto the front of the pumpkin.
5. Cut out a small piece of brown crepe streamer and roll to create the stem. Glue on top of the pumpkin.
Halloween is only a few weeks away and I have already started to mix-up items in my babiekins closet to make my son a cool bad guy costume for Halloween. My favorite Halloween costumes are a unique mix of fashion items and dress-up playful accessories. I love keeping Halloween simple by adding masks, wings or capes to a simple dress, striped tee or classic sweatshirt to create a costume as unique as your babiekin! If you have a newborn, I also love a simple wrap with ears for your babiekins’ costume because it is simply boo-tiful.
I have another Halloween costume for you and this one uses duct tape! Duct tape is such a great craft item to have around because there is so much you can make with it. Also, it comes in so many great colors and patterns that you could come up with all sorts of costumes. Making this costume is so simple that older kids could even put this costume together completely on their own. This DIY is for a tiger costume, but you could certainly make a zebra, leopard, and many other animals. Duck tape is definitely a fun and easy route to go for some Halloween costume making!
Duct Tape Tiger Halloween Costume
Total time: 1 hour
To make the headband:
Cut out a 6″ strip of black duct tape and place on one side of the headband, centering the headband on the tape (sandwich the headband). Fold and press the wrong sides of the tape together. Cut into a triangle ear shape. Cut out small triangle-like slits from the orange duct tape and place on the ear. Repeat to create the second tiger ear.
To make the body:
Cut out various triangle-like slits to create the tiger stripes, and place all over the front and back of the pants and shirt. It is best to alternate the lines on each side.
To make the tail:
Cut out a 30″ long strip of black duct tape. Fold at the center width-wise, then press together. Cut out about 1/2″ from each side all the way down, but fan out to create the bottom of the tail. Cut thin, little slits about 2″ up the bottom of the tail. Cut out various triangle-like slits from the orange duct tape to create the tiger stripes pattern on the tail, and place on the front and back of the tail. To attach the tail to the costume, use a safety pin or sew on desired spot.
Halloween time is upon us! Have the costumes all been picked in your home? If not, here’s a simple idea you can create with your child… painted butterfly wings! Not only will this costume get used for Halloween, but the wings for sure will lend itself to hours of imaginative play. You could also create bird, bee, or even dragon wings. There’s so much you could do with some fabric, fabric paint, and a wee bit of sewing know-how.
Painted Butterfly Wings
Total Time: 2 hours (including dry time)
1 yard of fabric
Sewing machine or hand-sewing needle
1. Measure the wing span of your child (from wrist to wrist) as this will be the width of your butterfly wings. Fold fabric in half and cut out the butterfly wing shape.
2. Paint your butterfly wings. Allow to dry completely, then iron wings to heat set the design.
3. Cut out a 2″ x 36″ strip of fabric, and sew the center of the strip onto the top center of the wings on the wrong side of the fabric.
4. Cut out 2 – 1″ x 20″ strips of fabric, and and sew the center of the strip near the top right and left corners of the wings (where the child’s wrist will located).
5. Tie bow around neck and wrists to wear the painted butterfly wings. For smaller children, it is best to omit the tie around the neck, instead use a safety pin and pin the center of the butterfly wings to the back of their leotard/shirt.
We love seeing classic tales and movies interpreted with current fashion and handmade costumes. The adorable Biggs sisters are taking us through their own little Halloween fairytale…
Little Red Riding Hood:
Wolf costume by @bellethreads
Little Red Riding Hood costume and cape by @mamalattebonnet
Boots by @graciousmay
Wizard of Oz:
Lion Leotard by: @pomp_kids
Lion Head piece by: @hideandcotton
Lion Boots by: @Joyfolie
Lion necklace by: @modernqueenkids
Tin Man costume by: @bellethreads
Silver boots from: @childsplayclothing
Belle and Rapunzel channeling their inner Ana and Elsa:
both outfits by @bushelpeck_kids
Rapunzel flower crown by @kenziejaws
Alice in Wonderland:
Alice costume by: @mamalattebonnet
Alice headpiece by: @ma_belle_mademoiselle
Bunny headpiece by: @hideandcotton
Bunny outfit by: @tutudumonde
Bunny boots by: @gracious_may
Bunny accessories by: @modernqueenkids
both outfits by: @tutudumonde
shoes by: @tutudumonde and @efvva
all accessories by: @modernqueenkids
hat by: @ma_belle_mademoiselle
There’s magic to be explored on Halloween night. The excitement of dressing up in whatever your heart desires and prancing around the neighborhood in the moonlight. Halloween lets us explore sides of our personality we wouldn’t normally get to expose. It’s spell casts over us every year and we relish in delight!
Credits // Dress,Tank top, Bloomers, Tutu Onesie: Tutu du Monde // Tights: Cat & Jack // Shoes: Gap