DIY Miniature Enchanted Forest

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Whattya need?

  • Miniature animals
  • Spray mount
  • Glitter
  • Glass jar
  • Clear glue
  • Fake moss
  • Model tree (available at most hobby shops)

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How do I make a Miniature Enchanted Forest?

Step 1: Grownups only. In a well ventilated area, lightly spray your tiny animal with spray mount.

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Step 2: Toss the animal in a small bowl or baggie of glitter until completely coated.

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Step 3: Squirt clear glue into the jar to coat the entire bottom portion.

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Step 4: Add fake moss around the perimeter of the jar. It may be helpful to use a small dowel rod to position the moss in place.

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Step 5: Place the tiny animal into the jar and position towards the middle. Press down to be sure it adheres well to the glass.

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Step 6: Place the model tree next to the animal. Again, press down to be sure it adheres to the glass.

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Step 7: Fill in any empty spots with more moss.

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Step 8: Leave the jar open overnight to allow the glue to dry completely.

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*To see a full size enchanted forest, visit our Pop Up Toy Shop in New York City at 136 Prince St. Opens November 2.

A Very Un-Scary Halloween Pumpkins 3-Ways

Post by Niki of Papery & Cakery
Unscary Halloween Pumpkin Decorations

Oh Halloween. You’re back in my life again. My, how I have missed you.

Who doesn’t love Halloween? I prefer to think of it as the “gateway” holiday. A nice, easy way to enter the tunnel towards the biggies like Thanksgiving, Chanukah/X-mas and New Years Ever.

I love costumes. I adore candy. But I don’t really dig the scary stuff. Horror movies have never been my style {I’ve never even seen one, the commercials are enough to give me nightmares}. So you won’t find scary skulls, mummies and headstones in front of our house this year. Oh no. This year I’ll have the most “un-scary” Halloween house on the block. But it will still be awesome. Very very awesome.

Let’s start today with pumpkins three ways.

1. Ombre Pumpkins

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2. Puffy Paint Pumpkins

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I spotted this and had to try my own version. Again, a great kiddo project!

Step one: Paint the base of the pumpkin as you’d like. I used turquoise acrylic paint.

Step two: Cover with puffy paint in your colors/design of choice. I wanted bold neon colors in fun and quirky patterns.

3. Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

Obviously I couldn’t make it through a DIY post without adding a touch of glitter.

Step one: Use glue {I actually used puffy paint as my glue in this case because Elmers was running down the sides} or ddouble sided tape {or both} to come up with a pattern. I stuck with chevron.

Step two: After each adhesive is applied, sprinkle glitter on top. Let the glue/paint dry and dust excess glitter off. You can dust the excess off of the double sided tape immediately.

Happy Un-Scary Halloween!

xoxo,

Niki

Post by Niki of Papery & Cakery and images via Stephanie Soraya Photography {954}-579-7761

Spooky Halloween Games

Post by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

With class parties, costume parties and family Halloween parties around the corner, we thought we’d share our favorite Halloween games and activities from Harrison’s recent Country Ghost third birthday party. After pictures and dinner we rounded up all our spooky guests for a few fun games and activities.

Spooky Halloween Games: Spooky Bowling

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To make: Bettijo and I put this game together in just minutes. We grabbed 6 rolls of toilet paper then hot glued onto them black oval eyes cut from construction paper. (I know toilet paper sounds tacky, yet it was perfect! Nobody got hurt, and the rolls are light enough for even our youngest ghosts to re-stack!) To make it extra fun and festive, we used a small plastic pumpkin as the ball.

To play: The basic bowling rules applied—stand behind a designated line and roll the pumpkin (or ball) to knock over as many ghosts as possible. After two tries, re-stack the ghosts for the next player.

Spooky Halloween Games: Flying Ghosts

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To make: Once again, we made this game with supplies on hand. We drew simple ghosts on white felt scraps then used a black sharpie to draw ghost eyes. Using hot glue, adhere the ghosts onto clothespins for weight.

To play: Guests were given a few clothespin ghosts to fly (rather, throw) into the buckets. The player with the most ghosts flying into the bucket, wins.

Spooky Halloween Games: Ghost Pinata

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Well, I totally cheated on this. I had intentions of making a piñata, yet when my friend texted me a picture of this piñata from Target, I fell in love. This ghost is so cute. All we did was tape (yes, used normal scotch tape from the junk drawer adhesives bucket in my studio) white party streamers onto the bottom. The added streamers made it look custom and spooky!

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Supermom Secret: Don’t have a strong tree branch or gazebo rafter to hang a heavy piñata in your backyard? We used a wrought iron basket hanger from our garden. This hanger is a stake at the bottom that provides easy installation into any soft ground. (And by installation I mean, poke it into ground then jump on it to secure.)

I stuffed the ghost piñata with single-serve cereal boxes, glow in the dark bracelets and party blowers. I’m not a fan of giving kids a lot of candy, so when Harrison suggested cereal for the prizes, I thought it was perfect. (Neither my kids nor their friends get sugar cereal on a regular basis, so they were all pretty stoked to see mini boxes of Fruit Loops flying out!)

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Spooky Halloween Smores

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Nothing says spooky like sharing ghost stories around a camp fire! But since our guests are pretty little and we have a gas firepit in our backyard, why build a fire or tell spooky stories when we can simply make s’mores? Harrison’s favorite s’mores use Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups instead of milk chocolate bars. I noticed most grow-ups liked this kind more, too!

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com. Photography by Jenn V

DIY Paper Mache Moon

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Whattya need?

  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Chicken wire or similar wire mesh
  • Wire cutters
  • String
  • Paint tray

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How do I make a Paper Mache Moon?

Step 1: Start by slightly bending your piece of chicken wire into a curved side on one end and an “open,” unbent side at the other. 

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Step 2: Crease the individual wires at the bottom of the curved side towards the middle so the curve is narrow at the bottom and wide in the middle. 

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Step 3: Grownups only. Cut the piece of wire at the middle along the width. Start from the open side and stop a few inches before reaching the curved side. Don’t cut all the way across.

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Step 4: Pull the two halves apart slightly to separate all of the cut ends. Leave connected at the bottom.

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Step 5: Bend and fold the two halves of the wire into a crescent shape, with narrow ends and a wide middle. 

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Step 6: Grownups only. Cut off any excess pieces of wire. 

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Step 7: Tie a piece of string tightly around an individual wire near the top of the crescent. This string will be used for hanging, so make sure it’s never obstructed and isn’t too long or too short. 

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Step 8: Tear up the newspaper into long, thin strips. Pour a generous amount of glue into the paint tray and dip the strips into the glue. 

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Step 9: Adhere the strips onto the wire crescent until it is covered completely. You may want to cover it with more than one layer. 

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Step 10: Wait for the glue to dry completely, preferably overnight. Then, paint, decorate and hang however and wherever you’d like.  

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