Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Last Minute DIY Costumes and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

I know Halloween is coming up faster than I'd like at our house. We're in some serious need of easy DIY costumes around here, so I thought we'd start our Block Party with a round-up of some great Costume Ideas.

 
Now it's time for the Block Party Link-Up hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  

 
Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  
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I've been crazy busy the last few weeks trying to keep up on orders for Harry Potter themed items in my Pieces by Polly Shop.  (There are still a few days to order scarves and wands in time for Halloween delivery).  I did manage to get one of my own new projects posted this week:
Mummy Wrapped Halloween Letters



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy Mummy Wrapped Halloween Letters with Oly*Fun

It's past time to be breaking out the Halloween decor, so I needed something quick to spruce up our entry way. I happened upon these cardboard letters while I was out shopping and figured they'd be perfect with a little Oly*Fun added.

They only took about 15 minutes to put together.

You'll need:
  • Oly*Fun.  I used white, but it comes in lots of fun colors.  (Note: I was compensated for this post and provided with Oly*Fun by Fairfield World to come up with fun projects for you.  All thoughts, ideas, photos, and opinions are my own.  Fairfield just plain makes awesome stuff.)
  • Cardboard letters (available at just about any craft store.  I picked up mine from Wal-Mart)
  • A glue gun and glue sticks  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Creative Ideas for Halloween and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Great collection of creative Halloween ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings #halloween #crafts #diy #recipes
It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly I hope you had a lovely weekend..
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I'm so excited about Halloween it's one of my favorite holidays! The costumes, the parties, the food, yup so much fun. I've shared some of my favorite Halloween crafts, recipes, and home decorating ideas that you've all shared in the last few link parties. And just in case you missed any here are a few of my favorite posts I've shared recently.
 
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

16 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes PLUS the Weekly Block Party

 Note from Polly:  Sorry y'all that I missed hosting the link party last week.  I had the scary experience of my blog getting hijacked and I didn't have any access to it...but things are back and running and I hope you enjoy this weeks party put together by Tiffany...

I know we have rounded up pumpkin posts before, but there are so many great pumpkin recipes being shared, and it is my favorite kind of recipe! Savory or sweet, pumpkin is where it's at! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! It was so fun going through and seeing all of your creativity. Here are my 16 pumpkin recipes that I rounded up from your posts!
16 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes for fall

Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

Tiffany at Making the World Cuter
Hi everyone! I'm hosting again this week! Be sure to visit me over at Making the World Cuter, if you are linking up with one of our other fabulous hostesses! If you are linking up with me, then yay! Be sure to go say hi to the other gals...Rae Gun Ramblings. Keeping it Simple Crafts and Pieces By Polly. Speaking of the other hosts, I put a recipe from three of us, but Marissa didn't have a pumpkin recipe to use, so I need to share her cute little pumpkin in his Halloween costume! She has the best Halloween costume tutorials...especially if your kids are fans of the little movie called Frozen! Anna and Kristoff costume tutorials Let's get to this week's block party!
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Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY Harry Potter Costume - Hogwarts Student Costume

Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including our Harry Potter Costume! I'm teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y'all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea! Is this not the cutest Harry Potter you've ever seen?

Along with my Harry Potter Costume, I'm sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!
101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things


I've shared bits and pieces of our Harry Potter Costumes in the past, but I haven't shared all the details in one place for putting together an easy Harry Potter Costume or a costume for one of your other favorite characters from the Harry Potter series.

Basics
If your child doesn't already have them in their wardrobe, you can pick up a few basics they should probably have in their wardrobe anyway:
  • White collared shirt
  • Black pants
  • Basic black shoes at the thrift store 
  • Gray Sweater (optional)
My girls wore shirts that belonged to my son and it totally worked.  We bought shoes for my oldest at a children's resale shop, but my younger daughter was able to wear some of my son's old shoes...and she loved them so much that she wore them for months afterward.

The gray sweater is a nice touch, but you can pull off the costume without it, if you don't have one available.  I scoured the racks at our thrift store for a month or so and came up with a couple gray sweaters.  I had to be a bit creative with this one.  It's a bit small (made for an infant rather than 2-year-old, but that turned out well, so his costume didn't get too bulky.  You can add a doubly nice touch if you use embroidery thread to add a border to the sweater.  I added red and gold for Gryffindor to my girls sweaters.
Hogwarts School Robes
If you need a robe for a small child, I strongly recommend making them a robe out of an adult-large-black T-shirt.  They're really easy and take about 15 minutes.  You can find that Hogwarts Robe tutorial here.
 
Accessories
A few accessories can go a long way towards bringing your costume to life.
  •  Scar
  • Hogwarts House Tie
  • Hogwarts House Scarf
  • Magic Wand
  • Round Glasses
  • Spell Book
  • Accio Candy Bag for Trick or Treating
The great thing about putting together a Harry Potter costume is that most of the costumes comes down to gathering a few basics that can be picked up at the thrift store or made yourself.

Scar
I used a washable brown marker to add my little guys' scar.  Eyeliner pencil is a great option too.
Hogwarts House Tie
I made my kids' ties using a tutorial I found online.  (Sorry, I can't find it just now, but there are loads of them if you just do a Google search.  You can find red and gold striped fabric here.  You can find fabric for the other Hogwarts Houses on Spoonflower.  Of course, you could also order one of the official Hogwarts ties from online. {Affiliate link.}  You can also get away without a tie at all, if you have a House scarf.

Hogwarts House Scarf
A house scarf will make your house, more noticable from a distance, and provides the added bonus of keeping your child warm and snug if it ends up being a cold Halloween night for trick-or-treating.
I have a full tutorial for making the Hogwarts scarves here, or I also sell Hogwarts House scarves for all four houses in my Etsy Shop.

Magic Wand
My kids love helping to make wands.  You can easily craft them out of chopsticks, hot glue, and a little paint.  You can see how I made mine here.

Round Glasses
This is the one part of the costume, that I haven't figured out how to make myself...and it really is necessary if you're trying to make a Harry Costume.  We originally bought these thicker glasses because I thought they would hold up the best.  The worked fine for our little guy, but they are so thick that they give a bit a charactured look.

Later I ordered these thinner ones that would look more realistic and settled on these.  There were a couple of options that were cheaper, but I liked these because they had pads on the nose bridge {affiliate link} to make them more comfortable to wear.

Spell Books
You can print your own spell books from here.  They don't do a lot to add to the costume itself, but they are REALLY helpful in getting your kid in character...it teaches them all sorts of useful spells.

Accio Candy Bag
And for a the perfect finishing touch...you can also add an Accio Books or Accio Candy bag.  You can get the pattern and tutorial for making them here.  I also sell these bags in my Etsy Shop here.

And now it's time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don't forget to follow the Handmade Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!   88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume 2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume 3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume 4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie 5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids 6. A Bee and Her Keeper 7. No Sew Magician Costume 8. Flint Lockwood Costume 9. Pinocchio 10. Marty McFly 11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume 12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume 13. Homemade Toothless Costume 14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option) 15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume 16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes 17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth 18. Family Monsters University Costumes 19. Scooby Doo family costumes 20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume   88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume 22. Easy Tin Man Costume 23. No Sew Bee Costume 24. Planet Halloween Costumes 25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume 26. DIY Instagram Board 27. Elsa crown 28. Dog Collar Ruffles 29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume 30. DIY Lego Movie Costume 31. Weeping Angel Costume 32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper 33. Easy Pirate Costume 34. Easy Costume Idea - Renaissance Girl 35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume 36. DIY Cat Costume 37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes 38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!) 39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume 40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes 101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume 42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume 43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume 44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes 45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask 46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume 47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume 48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume 49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes 50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition 51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume 52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume 53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume 54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume 55. DIY Baymax Costume 56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume 57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume 58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes 59. Instagram Halloween Costume 60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume 88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com 61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie 62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume 63. Viking Family Costumes 64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child 65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket 66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head 67. DIY Harry Potter Costume 68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes 69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume 70. DIY Skunk Mask 71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY 72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial 73. Candy Corn Costume 74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume 75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume 76. DIY Robot Costume 77. Wonder Woman Costume 78. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Costume 79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume 80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume 81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel 82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes 83. Snow White Costume 84. Peacock Princess Costume 85. Scarecrow Costume 86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume 87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume 88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid 89. DIY Baby Koala costume What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest! Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}'s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.
 
 
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