Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dollar Store Halloween Wreath


Hello, my name is Vanessa from Tried & True and I'm a spook-aholic, which means I absolutely adore Spooktacular September! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I'm so super honored that the lovely eighteen25 ladies allowed me to share this Dollar Store Halloween Wreath with you all. I know, hands down, you're going to love it!


I love making minimal and inexpensive wreaths all year round but it seems especially perfect for Halloween. This Dollar Store Halloween Wreath looks like a normal metallic wreath from a distance but once you get closer, your guests will realize that those skeleton hands are adorning your door. Super fun way to greet your spooky little guests on Halloween night!

Dollar Store Halloween Wreath

  • 9 Plastic Skeleton Hands
  • Small Chalkboard Circle
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
  • Chalk Pen
  • Silver Spray Paint

Step One. Collect your supplies. Most of these supplies can be found for a dollar or less (except spray paint). The hands are from Dollar Tree and Chalkboard/Chalk Pen are from Target's Dollar Spot. Halloween is the perfect holiday for cheap crafts!


Step Two. Apply a few even layers of silver spray paint over the hands. Everything looks better with metallic spray paint, including cheap plastic skeleton hands!


Step Three. Apply a liberal amount of hot glue to the back of the hands and affix in place around the black chalkboard. You can always go back and add more glue if you need to. Can you tell someone's a little trigger happy with her glue gun?!


Step Four. Use your chalk pen to create a design in the center. A word of warning: chalk pens don't erase very well and will leave a slight "ghost" imprint. (If you look closely at my center you'll see the first "Boo!" design I wrote but ended up trying to erase.)


Step Five. Attach string to the back if needed. My little chalkboard actually came with a hanging handle so that was super "handy"!


For a little more than 15 bucks you too can have an awesome Dollar Store Halloween Wreath. Hope you consider trying your hand at this wreath, let me know if you need any help and I'll try to give you a hand!

Don't forget to check out these other fun Halloween projects from Tried & True:

Eye Love You Halloween Gift - A Sugar Free Gift!Vintage Halloween Printables - From Tried & TrueCheck out this super easy way to make an impressive Halloween Pumpkin Archway!


Halloween Leaf Wreath

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here for one of my favorite series of the year. My name is Kiki from Kiki and Company and I cannot tell you enough how much I love Halloween. BUT I do not love scary Halloween. So in my house we do a literal HAPPY Halloween from the decorations to the costumes and everything in between.
This year, I thought I'd add a bit of a graphic punch to my decor and make a fun leaf wreath. I have made a few of these for different occasions on my blog, but didn't have one for Halloween!
Isn't it SO fun?!
So let's get down to making it!
*free printables // Grab the freebies by clicking the links below:
*wreath form
*hot glue

1- Print and cut out the leaves. In all of the wreaths I have made, I always print 2 sheets of each leaf and have plenty (1 isn't quite enough).
2- After cutting out your leaves, fold the bottom half of each leaf…this will give it dimension as you start gluing. (see pic)
3- Prepare your wreath form by wrapping it in fabric. I just used hot glue at each of the ends to secure it to the form. I actually use about 2" strips to do this, just to make wrapping quick and easy!
4- Now start gluing. This is where your wreath will truly become yours! Use all one color, mix and match, the choice is yours! Overlap each line of leaves until you have completed the wreath. I started mine by gluing 4-5 in a straight line, but found as I kept going, it worked great when everything wasn’t perfectly lined up! When you glue, just add a dab of glue to the bottom of the leaf (where it is folded) and add. This makes it easy at the end when you are joining the leaves where you are ending and where you started. You can tuck a few extra leaves wherever you feel like you need more. This really is a wreath that you can make all your own. Isn’t it so fun?!
Get a bunch of friends together and make this for a craft is an easy one to talk and gab while you make!
Today you can also come over to Kiki and Company and grab this "Happy Halloween" garland as well:
It comes in 2 sizes (see pic) and is just the perfect accent to any little nook you want to decorate in your house!
I hope you have the Happiest HAPPY Halloween around. Thanks for having me, eighteen25!
To see more fun Halloween projects and printables come visit me at Kiki and Company.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monster Trail Mix Bar


monster mix

Hi. i'm kimbo from a girl and a glue gun
me busienss l

and I'm so excited to be here...! I love Halloween (maybe not quite as much as eighteen 25 girls...but still...!)

And today I've put together a fun Monster Trail mix bar!
monster (trail) mix bar from
Just grab a baggie...and spoon in what you want to diy your own trail mix!!

spoonful of trail mix
I got almost everything at the dollar store! bowls, spoons, treats...all a dollar!

Just add the printables!!!
I've got the all the tags HERE on my blog (I have a few different sizes for you )

monster mix printables for halloween

I just printed them out and cut them apart.. and just because I like to prove that I use my hot glue gun in most crafting glued a toothpick to the back!
tags how to halloween
I wanted to show you guys how many fun different treats you could use:
bat poop ideas
witch warts ideas
pumpkin seed ideas
ghost poop ideas
spider legs ideas
zombie eyes ideas
vampire teeth ideas

goblin scars ideas
Lay them all out and the let the guests dive in!!!
monster mix (trail mix bar)
You can also just use the tags on individual bags of candy!

pumpkin poop or seeds printable
or bag toppers -- (we might be slightly obsessed with Halloween themed feces.)

ghost and pumpkin poo printables

bat poop bags
(these are just fun size twix bars)

fun halloween treat table

Thank you so much to the girls of eighteen 25!!! You can check out these other fun halloween posts: