DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Post by Destri of www.themotherhuddle.com
DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder

It’s the time of year when pumpkins are filling up the produce section at the market, and the birds are in need of a little help to get ready for the winter. Perfect excuse to make a pumpkin bird feeder. They are cute, easy, and you don’t have to store anything for next year! My kids helped me with this project too, and loved sitting in the window to see what birds came to dig in.

Supplies:

  • small pumpkin pie pumpkin, or an acorn squash, gourd….
  • wooden dowels
  • bird seed
  • wire

Cut off the top portion of the pumpkin. If you are using a squash, cut low enough to make sure the dish is not too deep. Now clean out the seeds, this is where the kids can help. I used a little paring knife to make the holes for the dowels by twisting through the side. But you could pull out a drill if you are feeling like using a power tool ;). Make two holes across from each other and then make two more a little lower so that one dowel will cross over the top.

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Wrap the wire around the dowels a few times and then once at the top to join them. Fill with birdseed.

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To hang mine I slid off two of the wires and strung over a branch, then just slid the wire back over the dowel ends.

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Cute and easy! It would be fun to hang from a garden hook too, or maybe a few hanging from the hooks where your flower baskets were hanging this summer.

Post by Destri of www.themotherhuddle.com

Spook-tacular Halloween Party Decorations

Post by Sara Westbrook & Brittany Egbert for One Charming Party: onecharmingparty.com
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Throw a spook-tacular party this Halloween that’s easy and fun. Set up a simple table with a donut tree, a lollipop stand and some ghostly apple juice (just add some dry ice) for guests to eat at their leisure.

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And for the party games, turn household ingredients into their spooky alter egos with large jars, some imagination, and a blindfold. Try cornstarch and water for goo, boiled spaghetti noodles for brains, and long pretzel sticks for dried up bones.

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For the donut tree you’ll need: 24” Styrofoam cone, 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, a basting brush, 45-50 donuts, and some toothpicks.

Directions: Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is melted, apply it to the styrofoam cone using a basting brush.

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Once the whole cone is covered in chocolate, carefully smooth the chocolate with your fingers (make sure your fingers are clean). If you have freezer space, store the chocolate covered cone in your freezer until you are ready to attach the donuts.

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Starting at the bottom, use 2 toothpicks per donut to securely attach each donut to the cone. Work your way up the cone until the whole cone is covered in donuts and your donut tree is complete. You’ll need about 45 donuts, depending on their size. Secure any donuts that need a little extra support with additional toothpicks.

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Post by Sara Westbrook & Brittany Egbert for One Charming Party: onecharmingparty.com. Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat: www.nicolephoto.com

Mummy Shirt Tutorial

Post by Aimee and Bettijo at www.supermomments.com
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Download our free pattern and directions. If you want a little more help, the directions below include pictures.

Supplies you’ll need:
:: Black shirt
:: White knit fabric
:: Black knit fabric
:: Orange knit fabric scraps
:: Fusible webbing (such as Pellon Wonder Under)
:: Black thread
:: White thread
:: Scissors
:: Iron
:: Sewing machine
:: Mummy pattern

1 :: Wash and dry the shirt and fabric.

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2 :: Cut out a white circle, black stripes and black circles. Also, cut yourself a large black square to appliqué the face onto.

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3 :: Cut out a circle of fusible webbing just smaller than the white mummy face circle. According to manufacturer directions, adhere the white circle to the black square.

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4 :: Layer all the mummy stripe pieces onto the white circle, as pictured. The stripes should hang off the edge of the white circle. (You’ll trim those in step 7.) Pin carefully to hold stripes in place as you sew.

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5 :: Using a tight straight stitch, sew down the middle of each black stripe beginning and ending on the edge of the white fabric. Be sure to double stitch the ends carefully, as you don’t want to accidentally sew the stripes onto the black background fabric.

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6 :: Add the eyes and mouth stripes. Straight-stitch large zig zags across the eyes for added texture.

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7 :: Once all the pieces are sewn onto the mummy face, carefully trim the black stripes to match the white circle. Also, trim the black square into a circle about ½” larger than the mummy’s face, all around.

8 :: From the fusible webbing, cut a circle just smaller than the black circle the mummy’s face has been appliquéd onto. Follow manufacturer directions to adhere entire mummy face to shirt. Using your white thread, sew 3 circles around the mummy’s face. The first circle should be on the white portion of the face, work your way out onto the black fabric for the remaining circles.

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9 :: Using orange fabric scraps and your black thread, straight-stitch large zig-zags across the orange fabric to adhere it to the shirt. Repeat on the back center of the shirt, just under the neckline.

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10 :: Carefully clip all the loose threads. Wear.

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Post by Aimee and Bettijo at www.supermomments.com

Halloween Goody Bags

Post by Christina Williams of justcallmechris.blogspot.com
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If you’re anything like us, some of your best buddies live waaay across town. Chances are pretty good that most of Hudson’s friends won’t be knocking on our door on Halloween night. So we’re taking the fun to them.

Hudson picked out all the tricks: colorful fangs, spider rings, spooky tattoos, and erasers. And what good is a trick without a few treats? If you want to make goody bags of your own, go here to download the bag toppers.

Next fill up some cellophane bags (mine are 5 x 11.5″) with all your favorite stuff. Cut off the excess cellophane from the top of the bag and staple the topper on each side.

Happy Haunting!

Post by Christina Williams of  justcallmechris.blogspot.com