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Halloween Countdown Craft with Hershey’s

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey guys! Hope you had a wonderful fall weekend! Hubs and I celebrated all weekend long in Chicago….came home well rested and bags full of loot:) Wanted to share a fun Halloween craft today….have a great day!

Hershey’s and Halloween go hand in hand. When they asked me to come up with a fun little craft to do for Halloween I gladly agreed. This little countdown chain would be a fun weekend or classroom craft. I think the kiddos will have a great time making these….and enjoying them too!halloween countdown craft @cleverlyinspired (3)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Paint a Polka Dot Pumpkin

A few years back my friend Brittany made up the cutest chalkboard pumpkins. She painted a chevron pattern all around the sides and then in the middle she painted a large chalkboard oval that you could write fun Halloween messages on. It was a big hit at her kiddos fall festival.

That was my inspiration for my fall porch this year. I grabbed a few pumpkins and some black and white paint and went to town! These polka dots are so easy the novice crafter can do it….I promise! You just need the right size brush….if you can spin a top….then you can paint perfect polka dots. Easy!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Ghost Halloween Craft

Hey hey…happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. It’s that time of year where we have a ton of extra candy in the house….send me some will power would you? My friends at Hershey’s sent a ginormous box of candy asking me to share with you a fun Halloween craft idea. Of course my kids think that I must realllllly be important now—since Hershey sent me candy…#ornot.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Healthy Halloween Snack (Monster Cheese)

Nope, I don’t have preschoolers….yes, they are in high school….does that stop me from making really fun, cute halloween treats…NO! Sadly this is how my brain works….while in the grocery looking at string cheese…I thought, “hey it would be so cute to make that into a ghost for a preschool Halloween snack.” Have I seen this somewhere and it is just in my “random crap you remember from pinterest” memory?? If so…and you have seen this before…please tell me! I am thinking it is an original idea….but what are those anymore #pinterestoverload :)

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So….make some of these cute healthy monster cheese….serve it up with some crackers and fruit…to monsters of any age:) Really….no tutorial needed…yall are quick like that:) And hey….teens love them too:) This one came home from school and opened the fridge and shouted “MOM that is SO CLEVER!!” awwww shucks….I still got it:)

monster cheese

 

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You will need:

string cheese

feather boa in black

orange pompoms

double sided tape

ribbon

stick on eyes

 

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This one reminds me of beaker from Muppets….see it??? So basically you dry off the string cheese to get off the condensation. Use a piece of double sided tape to pop on your eyeball….and place a piece of the top to adhere the pompom or feather….whatever you like…no rules:)

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Have a great weekend peeps!

PS thanks for all your good vibes and prayers…my friends son is improving daily…. #prayerswork!

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Cheap update for plastic planters

Thanks for all the kinds thoughts and prayers about my friend’s son…this I know…Prayers WORK! He continues to improve everyday and I will keep you posted….

So I was hanging onto 1/2 of a yard of burlap FOREVER….I mean like FOREVER…I have had it for probably 3 years….and yet I still moved it to the new house. Time to put that burlap to work!!! I bought some mums at Lowes last week (only $4!! Holla!) and I don’t replant….just because…A. I don’t’ really know how. B. It causes me stress to move all the root thingies. And C. it is just so much easier to just place them on the porch ya know? So, I was on a mission to use the burlap AND make my planters prettier. Here is how is went down….

 

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Cut some twine, cut a square of burlap, wrap and tie. Are you with me? I know right…..a bit to easy to call it a “tutorial”…and yet at the same time it took me 41 years to think of this idea. I’m sure I’m not the first person to ever wrap material around a planter….but I just had to show you in case you wanted to try it too:)

 

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I ran out of burlap….so I used kraft paper for 2 of the mums….yes, it will get wet….but I don’t really care…I like how it looks;)

 

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Now cross your fingers for me so that they bloom mmmkay?!?! :)

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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